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Construction Watch: Medical Campus

Construction on two major additions to the Medical Campus is winding down. The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is expected to be fully operational in November and the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will open in January. Work is also underway on a 1,850 space parking ramp just north of these projects.

The twelve floor, 183-bed John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital will be an integral part of the Medical Campus, linking with Buffalo General Medical Center, the Gates Vascular Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Conventus, and the new medical school.

Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, one of the country’s top pediatric healthcare architects, designed the $270 million complex.

Across the street, the $375 million medical school will replace the current school that has been located on the UB South Campus since the mid-1950s. It will feature 628,000 sq.ft. of space spread across eight floors. The interior will contain a seven-story atrium naturally illuminated by skylights and two glass walls, one along Washington Street and one at the terminus of Allen Street. HOK designed the structure.

HOK designed the structure that is scheduled to open next year.

At Ellicott and Goodrich streets, work is underway on a replacement to the aging, 900-space Ellicott-Goodrich Garage that was demolished. The new $45 million ramp will contain 1,850 spaces.

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  • Texpat

    I’ve never seen a rendering of the parking garage plan. Does one exist?

  • Michael DiPasquale

    Nice to see the warm colors on the terra cotta facade of Med School.

  • Flyguy2pt0

    I love the look of the boston valley terra cotta plus it has regional flavor to it which makes it even more unique. I think of the cobblestone buildings in the Lockport area when I see this.

    Anyway, call me crazy but were the terra cotta panels and strength of their attachment to the facade tested against an earthquake scenario? WNY has on occasion had a shake. Hope they hold firm at least up to a moderate tremor or the damage below would be tremendous.

  • jtown

    I think the new Children’s hospital is a total miss. The reality from the rendering is disappointing. The hospital exterior, at least from these pictures, looks bland, sterile and uninviting.

    I guess the colored window panes are supposed to tell us that this a place for kids? Did not translate well.

    The medical school building on the other hand looks like a home run!

    • Bringing back Buffalo

      I thought the same thing. IT’s not even open yet and it already looks dated.

    • Michael DiPasquale

      The back side is even worse.

    • mightyNiagara

      no. no. no. no.
      the coloring on the windows is ACTUALLY representative of departments AND the browselow tape. The browselow tape “is a color-coded tape measure that is used throughout the world for pediatric emergencies. The Broselow Tape relates a child’s height as measured by the tape to his/her weight to provide medical instructions including medication dosages, the size of the equipment that should be used, and the level of shock voltage when using a defibrillator. Particular to children is the need to calculate all these therapies for each child individually. In an emergency the time required to do this detracts from valuable time needed to evaluate, initiate, and monitor patient treatment”
      The coloring of each level also indicates the different care departments of the hospital.

      I like it. The building kind of looks like a lego creation.

      • jtown

        Thanks for the explanation.

        So its related to something only medical professionals would recognize. Not sure why you would choose to incorporate that into the exterior design of the building. I could see how it could have a practical application inside but not on the exterior.

        I’d suggest that they did that to give a little color to the exterior which again comes through in the rendering much better than it does in reality, at least as shown the the above picture.

      • Michael DiPasquale

        Sorry but the original explanation by the architects was that the colored glass plays off the colors of nearby victorian houses in Allentown.

        • mightyNiagara

          well, you can’t trust what architects say about color scheme in some environments, they’re just trying to make it seem they did something themselves, not what they were requested to do.

    • Mr. B

      “The hospital exterior, at least from these pictures, looks bland, sterile and uninviting.”

      Well, given that its a hospital, sterility is probably a desired quality. Would you or your children prefer to receive treatment at an unsterile facility?

      As for being “bland” and “uninviting”, again — this is a hospital, not a luxury hotel. Most people that go to a hospital prefer to spend as little time there as possible . . .

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      • Michael DiPasquale

        People get better, and faster in nicer environments that mimic their homes. Do you know what the daily cost of a hospital room is? It’s much more than a luxury hotel room.

        • Mr. B

          Do you know what the daily cost of a hospital room is? It’s much more than a luxury hotel room.”

          Again — which of the two do people voluntarily spend money to spend time in?

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  • jonny99

    the intersection of Main & Allen has huge potential to be a dynamic 24/7 area. The big question is the ground floor of the Red Jacket building and adjacent storefronts. I think a small fresh market similar to Elmwood North or Potomoc/Elmwood with prepared foods, smoothies and juices and groceries would be a great addition, a coffee house, add a quality coffee joint ala Tipico or Public, and a diner concept serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    • eagercolin

      That intersection is sadly lacking in dog chiropractors.

  • Mr. B

    “The new $45 ramp will contain 1,850 spaces.”

    Over 1,800 spaces for less than fifty bucks? Now THAT’S a bargain! 😉

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  • Gray McDowell

    The Childrens Hospital is not exciting but next to Buffalo General it looks positively electric. The medical school is incredible. A+ is not a high enough grade to award.

  • SpongebobOnYoShirt-Lookin Boy

    The new children’s DOES look a little flat to be honest. Although I guess it could be much worse, as much as I hate using that argument. Never-the-less it definitely looks better than the old childrens and new facilities no matter how the look on the outside are going to be fantastic, much needed benefit to the kids and buffalo health care.