HOK has been selected to created a world-class facility for the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The school’s downtown campus will embrace its lively, urban surrounding to help transform today’s students into the doctors and researchers of tomorrow.
“UB has world-class aspirations for the architecture, design and planning of the medical school and site,” said Kenneth Drucker, FAIA, design principal for the project and design director for HOK’s New York office. “The project presents an exciting opportunity to transform the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and make a bold statement for architecture and urban design in Buffalo. We are pleased to have been selected for such a meaningful project, which will prepare students for medical and research careers in an inspiring research-focused academic medical center.”
The new facility will accommodate more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff. The proposed $375 million medical school is not only aimed at improving the quality of education offered by UB, but it’s also hoped to become a catalyst for further development in downtown Buffalo and Western New York.
Although many top-notch firms were in the running to design the school, UB ultimately selected HOK in the belief that the firm can help create the world’s highest profile and most innovative health sciences facilities.
HOK has had plenty of experience working with institutions of higher education as well as in designing medical facilities. The firm recently designed medical centers for Ohio State University in Columbus, Florida State University, the University of Alberta, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Central Florida, The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and LA County + USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.
“The University at Buffalo has a tremendous opportunity to build state-of-the-art new facilities while redefining 21st century medical education and translational research,” said Bill Odell, FAIA, HOK’s director of science and technology. “Most other academic medical centers in the world would love to have the opportunity that UB has on this site.”