The new University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will redefine medical education and translational research in the 21st century. The new transit-oriented medical school development will bring 1,200 students, faculty and staff to the school’s downtown campus. 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.
Shen Milsom & Wilke provided Medical Equipment Planning, Information Technology, Security, Acoustics and Audiovisual consulting services as part of the design team for this 628,000 square foot facility. Our interdisciplinary approach allows the key building technologies to function seamlessly and in a fully complementary manner. The facility will include advanced classroom and lecture hall spaces, a medical library, a café and other public gathering areas. A technology-intensive immersive surgical simulation laboratory is included in the building design. Human anatomy and surgical skill suites will also be developed. A large Atrium and Lobbies on the entry level are expected to house extensive technology components including digital signage installations.
The $375 million medical school is a key component of the UB 2020 plan for academic excellence, which is intended to benefit students, faculty, staff and the Western New York community. Reflecting UB’s sustainability and climate-impact reduction goals, HOK designed a highly sustainable building and target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
Photo credit: HOK and University of Buffalo; photos courtesy of James Ewing