The first piece of Kaleida Health’s major expansion in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is moving forward. Construction on the Global Vascular Institute is expected to be underway this spring. The ten-story building will house a center for heart and vascular care and a University at Buffalo clinical research center and bioscience business incubator. Cannon Design is working on plans for the striking building that will be constructed at the corner of Ellicott and Goodrich streets.
From The Buffalo News:
The project consists of two related multimillion-dollar pieces, according to details unveiled this week by hospital officials:
• Kaleida’s $150 million center to bring together its heart, vascular and neurosurgery services in one location, as well as to provide a new, expanded emergency department, replacing the one at Buffalo General and allowing for the closure and reuse of the hospital system’s Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle.
• UB’s $118 million research facility.
Hospital officials envision the project as a giant first step toward creating centers of excellence in different specialties with the personnel and support to deliver top-notch results. They talk of countering Buffalo’s history of aging and financially sick facilities constantly struggling to duplicate expensive services.
The building carries a $268 million price tag and is expected to open in 2011.
Two additional Medical Campus projects are planned. Kaleida is working on plans for a four-story, 200,000-square-foot skilled nursing facility at the corner of Michigan Avenue and North Street. At 50 High Street, Ciminelli Development is proposing to build a medical office building of seven or eight stories and possibly as large as 250,000 sq.ft. A circa-1965 medical office building at that location was imploded in May 2007. It had been vacant since 1993.
Plans for Millard Fillmore Gates Circle remain uncertain.