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New downtown medical school 97 percent complete

Construction on the University at Buffalo's $375 million downtown medical school is wrapping up in anticipation of faculty and staff moving in later this fall.

Workers are completing specific punch-list projects, such as installing wood paneling in the atrium and laying porcelain floor tiles. Room number signs also are going up soon and signs are in production.

Overall, 97 percent of the work on the building is done.

A six-story scaffolding that had been in place inside the building's atrium during construction has been removed.

The new downtown medical school will sport a signature light tower spanning two stories at the corner of Main and High streets when it opens.

The light tower, a rectangular-shaped box, will be visible from street level and is positioned at the primary entrance to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The tower will feature opaque glass with backlit LED lights and a staircase that wraps within it.

"A grand staircase goes up two sides of it," said LP Ciminelli Vice President William J. Mahoney, the general contractor overseeing construction of the medical school. "That will be another signature space to the building at Main and High."

Construction crews are finishing ornate ceiling work within the tower space, to be followed by floor tiling. "It's coming together very nicely," Mahoney said.

Work on the third, fourth and fifth floors, which contain research laboratories, is just about finished, as well as the sixth and seventh floors. The sixth floor houses the Behling Simulation and the Clinical Competency centers, and administrative offices, while a highlight on the seventh floor is the gross anatomy suite. That suite combines advanced digital resources to analyze the human body along with the traditional gross anatomy approach.

The building is slated to open to faculty later this fall, while the first classes for students in the new building begin in January after the medical school moves from the University at Buffalo South Campus.

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