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UB's medical school to be completed by Labor Day

Construction of University at Buffalo's new $375 million medical school on the western edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is expected to wrap up by Labor Day, marking the end of nearly four years of construction on the eight-story building.

The downtown medical school will have 178 percent more educational space than the school currently uses on the university's South Campus. The 628,000-square-foot complex at Main and Allen streets includes state-of-the-art labs; research, teaching and simulation space; as well as a hallmark glass atrium. It will be a marked difference from medical school operations currently spread over six buildings on the university's South Campus.

[Related gallery: See inside the construction of UB's downtown medical school]

"It makes the medical school whole again," said Dr. Michael E. Cain, UB vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Cain said Monday during a tour detailing the building's interior progress that the new centralized location will be "much more efficiently situated" than it's been for the last 80 years.

Construction will finish around Labor Day, said William J. Mahoney, vice president of LPCiminelli, which is overseeing construction.

The university will begin gradually moving into the new medical school in late summer, with most faculty and staff moving in October, said Satish K. Tripathi, University at Buffalo president.

Touring the construction of the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in December are from left, Dr. Michael E. Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Tak Wing Louie, project architect with HOK; and Joshua Gardner, site architect with HOK. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

The first classes for students will be held there in January.

Reporter Karen Robinson covers the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Follow her on twitter at @krobinsonBN or reach her by email at krobinson@buffnews.com.

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