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Cold weather causes flooding at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

The New Year began with flooding at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute after the extreme cold caused a sprinkler head to burst Monday night.

The leak occurred on the first floor, mainly in a storage area, leaving a wet floor and carpets, said Jill Szczesek, chief operating officer.

"We've had some cleanup to do," she said.

Szczesek said there was minimal damage, but the incident indicates the building at 700 Ellicott St. on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus may need more insulation to prevent similar problems in the future.

The striking building, designed by noted architect Mehrdad Yazdani, opened in 2005 and was the first significant construction project on the medical campus.

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