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Architect chosen for pediatric hospital

A Massachusetts architecture firm with experience in children's hospitals has been chosen to design the proposed new Women & Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Pediatric facilities that have used Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston include Babies & Children's Hospital of New York, Children's Hospital and Health System in Milwaukee, Children's Hospital Boston, Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, and Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I.

The firm also completed a facilities master plan in 2006 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, but its connection to Buffalo goes way back.

Shepley Bulfinch's founder was noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, who started the H.H. Richardson Olmsted Complex in 1870 and later designed two buildings for the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo.

"After considering several of the most respected and experienced architect firms in the U.S., Shepley Bulfinch was selected for their expertise in designing clinically complex facilities that emphasize patient and family-centered care with operational efficiency as well as distinctive architectural forms for many other children's and women's hospitals," Dr. Teresa Quattrin, pediatrician-in-chief at Women & Children's, said in a statement.

Women & Children's, after lengthy study by its physicians, set an optimistic goal of having a new hospital on the downtown medical campus by 2015. The pediatric hospital, which is part of Kaleida Health, plans to move in two phases.

Its outpatient surgery program will move into part of a large medical office building proposed for Main and High streets by the Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. Complex hospital services will be located in a new tower to be built between the office building and Buffalo General Medical Center, with plans for enclosed connections.

Women & Children's Hospital recently applied for a $30 million state grant, but has yet to say how much a new building will cost. However, officials have said a new hospital will be smaller than the current campus in the Elmwood Village in light of the area's population decline, trends in medicine, cuts in reimbursement and the ability to share some services with other nearby facilities.

The city Planning Board will conduct a public hearing at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in City Hall related to the plans for the hospital. The draft environmental impact statement for the project can be viewed at, and copies were to be made available at area libraries.