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Construction on UB's medical school marks milestone as temporary elevators come down

The construction of University at Buffalo's new $375 million building for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has begun a new chapter.

This week marks the start of interior finishing touches and the removal of a fixture at High and Washington streets during the height of construction.

Workers began dismantling a 150-foot-tall buck hoist with two elevator cars that for more than a year zipped workers and various materials up the outside of the eight-story building at Main and Allen streets. They were primarily used to deliver supplies needed for interior work.

LPCiminelli, which is overseeing the construction, called it a significant milestone in the project since two of the interior service elevators in the medical school are now operational.

"We are now heading into the high-level finishes such as flooring, ceilings, lab tables, office space and administrative space," said Dwayne Fleming, vice president of operations, who also noted that all major equipment has now been delivered.

A large gray and cream-colored crane arrived last week and is anchored near the corner of High and Washington streets to help where the buck hoist has been based. The crane is helping to dismantle the equipment, which is expected to be done by the end of the week. .

At the medical school, one buck hoist with two attached cars – one on each side –  has been in use since December 2015. Their upward "runs" by the elevator cars ran for eight to 10 hours a day, with coordinated materials deliveries, workers and debris removal. Studs, drywall, lighting, duct work and piping were among the materials taken up by the cars to the various floors.

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