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How many bolts does it take to build a medical school?

At eight stories tall and 628,000 square feet, the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences makes a statement.

The $375 million facility is under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Here are seven facts about the new building:

1. The building is equivalent in size to 14.6 acres or about 11 football fields.

2. It has 7,400 tons of structural steel for framing and 150,000 bolts holding connections together.

3. Laid end to end, it would stretch 25 miles – or the distance from the building construction site at High and Main streets in Buffalo to Lewiston.

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4. When complete, it will have a seven-story glass atrium with seven skylights; 650 ribbon-glass panels will make up 19,000 square feet of glass along the perimeter, including a glass rainscreen facade.

5. 28,000 terra cotta panels will make up the building's high-performance skin.

6. Twenty-three acres of drywall, or more than 2.5 million square feet, will be installed inside. That will take 1 million square feet of drywall tape and 4,000 gallons of paint.

7. There will be 11,000 light fixtures and 10,000 data drops with 1 million linear feet of cables.

The nitty gritty details of the medical school, scheduled to open this fall to staff and to students next January, were compiled by LPCiminelli, which is overseeing construction of the building for the university.

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

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