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New medical campus parking ramp to open two levels in October

Two levels of the eight-story parking ramp under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are expected to open Oct. 2, with three more to follow by mid-November.

The garage at 854 Ellicott St. will provide more parking at a critical time on the campus as more medical staff and university medical school faculty arrive this fall. Parking has been a long-term challenge as the 120-acre campus with its projected 15,000-member work force continues growing.

Plans for the new garage call for about 1,825 parking spaces, doubling the capacity of a former parking garage there.

BNMC communications director Kari Root Bonaro said a partial opening that includes the ramp's basement and first level is planned for Oct. 2.

In mid-November, the ramp's second through fourth floors will open – helping to accommodate the influx of more campus workers. About 1,400 workers will be relocating to the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in November from the old Children's Hospital on Bryant Street. At the same time, University at Buffalo medical school faculty move into their offices this fall, followed by students arriving on campus in January for classes.

Concrete work on the elevated decks is substantially complete on the first through fourth floors, as well as the basement, Bonaro said Thursday. Concrete will start to be placed on the fifth level this week.

In late September, steel is scheduled to arrive for the pedestrian sky bridge connecting the garage to the new Children's Hospital.

Bonaro said the parking garage is expected to be substantially complete by May 2018.

BNMC, the nonprofit umbrella organization that includes nine member institutions, tore down an obsolete 900-space ramp at 854 Ellicott St., which officials said had become insufficient for the needs of the growing medical campus and did not fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act because it had no elevator.

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