$225 million State investment leverages $1.5 billion in private investments
Single greatest investment of Governor’s Buffalo Billion and one of the State’s most significant investments ever in Buffalo to create 850 permanent jobs and at least 500 construction jobs
Governor Cuomo last week announced that as part of his Buffalo Billion initiative, New York State will build a state-of-the-art anchor hub facility for high tech and green energy businesses at RiverBend in the City of Buffalo.
Two California-based companies at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, Soraa and Silevo, will collectively invest $1.5 billion into the project and relocate major parts of their operations to the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend from California, creating 850 permanent jobs and at least 500 construction jobs and attracting additional manufacturing companies to the site. RiverBend, formerly Republic Steel, is a 90-acre site that is ready for development.
The increased awareness surrounding global warming and the increased demand of global energy supply over the last few years has got scientist in a frenzy to determine a way to produce a renewable energy source – and possibly halt pollutants. David Blersch, an environmental engineer at the University at Buffalo, is asking the question – could the large algae blooms that have been blamed for fish kills, beach closures and other problems that harm the Great Lakes and its tourism industry be a new source of bioenergy?
We may not be running out of energy resources, but the price of continuing with oil and fossil fuels as our primary energy source is a heavy one. Not only are our wallets taking a hit – our environment is also paying the price.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation annually awards approximately 200 Fellowships from between 3 – 4,000 applications. The Fellowship awards, also deemed as “midcareer awards”, are for men and women with careers and abilities in the arts, sciences, and history.
Former Guggenheim Fellows become advisers who help narrow down the competition by sending their critiques to a Committee of Selection then onto the Board of Trustees. Winners from the United States and Canada competition were announced in early April.
We are proud to have 5 current Guggenheim Fellows within the SUNY family:
The new Clinical and Translational Research Center, a 170,000 square-foot research facility that houses the laboratories of several UB physician-scientists.
The University at Buffalo has made another major addition to its campus: the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC).
The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held the grand opening of its CTRC in the joint UB-Kaleida Health building at Goodrich and Ellicott streets in downtown Buffalo on September 20.
The 170,000-square-foot research facility allows UB’s physician-scientists to see patients, conduct research and work with clinicians downstairs in Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute. The CTRC’s offices and laboratories occupy the building’s top four floors, while Gates Vascular Institute is housed on the bottom four.
The CTRC is an important step in the relocation of UB’s medical school to downtown Buffalo. When it is completed by 2016, the new medical school will bring approximately 1,200 people to downtown Buffalo. In total, the CTRC and medical school projects will create more than 3,000 jobs, 250 of which are physician-scientists and staff.
The new facility houses the laboratories of some of UB’s highest-profile researchers, who collectively have earned more than $25 million in research funding. They are conducting research to develop treatments for a broad range of diseases and conditions, including diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s and memory disorders.
In addition to custom-designed laboratories and common spaces, the CTRC includes:
Clinical Research Center, which coordinates clinical research activities among institutions in the Buffalo Translational Consortium.
Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, an interdisciplinary research center.
Jacobs Institute, which conducts research, development and training in vascular medicine.
Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center
Biosciences Incubator, to assist UB researchers with the commercialization of new medical therapies.
Design concept produced by Rafael Vinoly Architects with Foit-Albert Associates.
The award winning design concept produced by HOK that will be used to produce the final design for the new UB medical school in downtown Buffalo.
HOK brings an impressive and deep portfolio in health sciences complexes. The firm designed the acclaimed King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and the Francis Crick Institute’s cardiovascular and cancer research center in central London, which will be the largest center for biomedical research and innovation in Europe.
Because of UB’s sustainability and climate-impact reduction goals, HOK’s green-design credentials influenced its selection: UB has set a goal of LEED Gold for the new medical school building. LEED is a sustainability ratings system created by the U.S. Green Building Council.
HOK has been repeatedly ranked the “top green design firm” by Engineering News-Record, while KAUST was certified in 2009 as the world’s largest LEED Platinum project. Continue reading →