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Beige is out, blue is in as Buffalo General gets a facelift

Buffalo General Medical Center is getting a makeover.

The hospital's exterior at 100 High St. will no longer have a brown-and-beige color theme, but will update its colors to off-white with cadet blue panels, according to Kaleida Health. The new look will match Buffalo General's surroundings, including Gates Vascular Institute and Oishei Children's Hospital.

Interior and exterior improvements to the hospital come ahead of the completion of two big projects on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – the Nov. 10 opening of the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital and the late fall opening of University at Buffalo's new medical school.

"The hospital upgrades have been a long time coming,” Buffalo General President Chris Lane said Monday in a prepared statement. “Buffalo General’s new look will not only complement the new Children’s, but it will reflect the innovative and world-renowned care we offer.”

Both hospitals are operated by Kaleida Health.

The external enhancements are expected to be completed by the end of October, while interior improvements wrap up by the end of the year. Work on the center's exterior began last week, and scaffolding is in place.

Work has begun to improve the exterior of Buffalo General. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Kaleida Health officials did not disclose the cost of the improvements.

While the exterior alterations are the most notable enhancements, lobby and entrance renovations also are ongoing.

Buffalo General's lobby is being transformed to create "a concierge feel" for patients and visitors with brighter lights and colors, along with more easily accessible registration.

The Ellicott and High street entrances will undergo a makeover with new signage, flooring, lighting and revamped ceilings. The entrance, however, will retain its historic tidbits regarding Buffalo General's history.



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