BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo took a major step in its plans to build a medical school for the 21st century on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
UB leaders and elected officials broke ground on the $375 million project Tuesday morning.
UB president Satish Tripathi describes this event as a defining moment for the university, the city and the state, as the project will help Buffalo become a destination for world-class health care.
UB officials say moving the medical school to the medical campus will foster a comprehensive academic health center.
Tripathi says the treatment offered and discoveries made will save lives and improve the quality of life for many.
The eight-story facility is the largest individual construction project in the university's history, and returns the medical school to its roots on High Street, where it was located until the early 1950s. The school will bring an additional 2,000 faculty, staff and students downtown, helping generate economic growth.
"Breaking ground for the new medical school is a critical step forward for the university as we continue to pursue our ambitious UB 2020 vision of excellence. UB is actively realizing this vision, with vital outcomes for UB and our larger region," said Michael Cain, Dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The construction project will be put out to bid later this year and the school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.