After winning a global design ideas competition, HOK was selected to design
the new University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on its downtown campus. Competition finalists included Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Cannon Design, Rafael Vinoly Architects with Foit-Albert Associates, and Grimshaw and Davis Brody Bond.
will begin to create a final design in coming weeks that addresses the full range of design challenges through visioning and space programming discussions with medical school leadership, faculty, staff and students.
The new transit-oriented medical school development will bring 1,200 students, faculty and staff downtown. With the goal of fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary care, the new academic medical center will create connections that allow students, faculty, biomedical researchers and clinicians to move easily from classroom to bedside to lab.
Competing teams were challenged to propose design solutions that foster collaboration and interdisciplinary care and create connections that allow students, faculty, biomedical researchers and clinicians to move easily from classroom to bedside to lab. For example, design ideas included sky-bridge connections from the medical school to a Phase 2 building across Washington Street as well as to a proposed medical office building and to the proposed Women and Children's Hospital on High Street.
"Building a new medical school is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our university and region, and a critical step in evolving the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus into an academic health center on par with those of Pittsburgh and Cleveland," said Michael E. Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Reflecting UB's sustainability and climate-impact reduction goals, HOK will design a highly sustainable building and target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Groundbreaking for the medical school is scheduled for fall 2013 and construction is expected to be complete in 2016.
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