Three large building projects are complete at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The Gates Vascular Institute, HighPointe on Michigan and the new Multi-Modal Transportation Structure. Construction costs for the three totaled $389 million.
Gates Vascular Institute
Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo will officially open the $291 million Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical Translational Research Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony later today.
The Gates Vascular Institute is a first-of-its-kind, multi-dimensional medical facility with four out of 10 floors focused on cardiac, stroke and related vascular care. Also included in this facility is the largest Emergency Department in Western New York, featuring 53 private rooms and many patient-centered touches to create a safe, healing environment for more than 60,000 visits annually. The emergency department opened to the public on November 11th.
UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center is a 170,000-square-foot research facility on the top five floors of the building. The CTRC's research -- done in collaboration with physicians and scientists in the Buffalo area -- will help lead to new medical breakthroughs and innovative treatments.
HighPointe on Michigan
Kaleida Health's HighPointe on Michigan is a $64 million long-term-care facility located on the block bounded by Michigan Avenue and Maple, East North and High streets.
At four stories and 300 beds, the new 200,000 square foot facility fills a gap in long-term-care services resulting from the closure in recent years of Grace Manor, Nazareth, St. Francis and other skilled nursing facilities in the city. It includes a range of services including long-term care, sub-acute, pediatric and ventilator beds.
Multi-Modal Transportation Structure
The $34 million facility will be bringing 1,800 much needed parking space to the corner of Michigan Avenue and High Street. With the opening of Gates Vascular Institute, HighPointe on Michigan across from the ramp site, and other planned projects, the daily visitor rate at the medical campus is expected to climb to 15,000 while the number of employees will grow to 12,500.
The nine-story ramp is a joint-venture between Kaleida Health, University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It will feature other transportation options including a Buffalo Car Share spot, bringing the total spots located on campus to three, as well as bike racks, and bus and shuttle stops. It is the largest parking ramp in the city, beating out the Adam Ramp behind M&T Plaza by 62 spots.
Another, larger wave of construction on the Medical Campus is on the horizon. Projects include Ciminelli's medical office building at Main and High streets, the new University at Buffalo Medical School, Roswell Park's Clinical Sciences Center, a new Women's and Children's Hospital, and some type of expansion of the Innovation Center.