BUFFALO, N.Y. — Leaders from Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo recently met with the city of Buffalo Planning Board and unveiled conceptual renderings of its planned new hospital. The 10-story, 430,000-square-foot facility will be built across from the Buffalo General Medical Center.
“This is an exciting time for everyone associated with Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as we plan for a new, state-of-the-art and freestanding hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,” said Teresa Quattrin, M.D., professor of pediatrics, chair, Department of Pediatrics, University at Buffalo and pediatrician-in-chief, chief, division of endocrinology-diabetes, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. “Of course, we have a beautiful new building to look forward to, but also and more importantly, one that will deliver the best possible care available for women and children throughout Western New York and beyond.”
The Physician Strategic Planning Committee and the architect, Shepley Bulfinch, have been working diligently over the past few months to vet clinical planning, program design, building massing and access issues. Along with the physician committee, 26 user groups have held more than 150 planning meetings for the project, all unified in the goal of producing a plan for new ambulatory space and a new hospital.
“We are so pleased to be working with the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo,” said Uma Ramanathan, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch’s principal for the project. “With this physician-led project, we will be helping transform the delivery of pediatric healthcare for future generations of children in Buffalo.”
The city of Buffalo Planning Board has approved the hospital’s environmental impact statement. The board also recently discussed initial building massing, floor plates and hospital access for the new building. Official site plan approval for the inpatient tower project is the next milestone to reach.
In the coming weeks, the hospital will officially submit its Certificate of Need with the New York State Department of Health. Hospital officials continue to meet with dozens of neighbors, business leaders and block clubs during the planning for the new Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The hospital is expected to begin the Bryant Street building reuse process later this year.