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Gov. Pataki today announced a five-year, $105 million program for new construction and renovation at the University at Buffalo.

The projects include a new $7 million mathematics building on the North Campus in Amherst, as well as improvements to the South Campus in the city.

"This investment shows our commitment to the future of the State University of New York," Pataki said in a video telecast broadcast to UB's Center for the Arts.

Poor weather in Albany prevented Pataki from flying to Buffalo for the announcements.

The money for UB is part of $2 billion in capital projects over five years for all SUNY campuses.

In the past, campuses have been given money for construction and renovation a year at a time. The new funding formula, which began in July, covers a five-year period and will allow for better planning, university officials said.

"These sort of projects don't take one year," said Robert Wagner, UB senior vice president. "They are multiyear in scope. Now, we'll know our capital resources over a longer period of time, and the amount of money will likely represent an increase for UB."

The projects include:

A new $7 million mathematics building to be located near the Natural Sciences Complex and the Computing Center on the west end of the North Campus. Construction is expected to begin in late fall.

A student services building to be located on the North Campus. It will consolidate such services as financial aid, admissions and career planning.

A $20 million expansion and renovation of Farber Hall on the South Campus into a health science education center. The facility will be used by the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing and health-related professions.

Renovation of the undergraduate library on the North Campus to accommodate 50 personal computers and plug-in ports for laptops. The project has a price tag of $4.2 million.

Renovation of Acheson Hall on the South Campus to house the School of Pharmacy and a research park designed to attract high-tech businesses.

"We need to make an investment in physical capital to make an investment in human capital," said UB President William R. Greiner.

Mayor Masiello said, "While the governor's commitment of $105 million for projects at SUNY Buffalo represents thousands of man hours of labor and tons of bricks and mortar, it also represents a sound and solid investment in human capital."

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