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The Architects

Shepley BullfinchShepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, MA, one of the country's top pediatric healthcare architects, has been selected for the physician-led plan to construct a new Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

"After considering several of the most respected and experienced architect firms in the U.S., Shepley Bulfinch was selected for their expertise in designing clinically complex facilities that emphasize patient and family-centered care with operational efficiency as well as distinctive architectural forms for many other children's and women's hospitals," said Teresa Quattrin, M.D., Pediatrician-in-Chief, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and Professor of Pediatrics, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of New York at Buffalo.

With more than a century of healthcare experience, Shepley Bulfinch is a national design leader in award-winning design for some of the country's best children's hospitals. The firm's relationship with Children's Hospital Boston began in 1914, and includes the award-winning Berthiaume Family South Building. The pediatric specialty center nearing completion at Children's Hospital of Michigan is expected to have a transformative impact in fostering a culture of wellness for the children of Detroit. The 2009 patient tower for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, home to the regionally acclaimed Herma Heart Center, is also a distinctive and prominent Milwaukee landmark.

"Shepley Bulfinch's approach to our project at Women & Children's Hospital demonstrates their understanding that collaboration and participation are essential to its success," said Kevin Fitzpatrick, M.D., Chief of Service, OB/GYN, Kaleida Health. "Their participatory process emphasizes collaboration with complete care teams. These teams include patients, families, doctors, clinicians, administrators, staff and others. Such a comprehensive approach is required to create an exceptional facility for the women and children of Western New York."

Shepley Bulfinch is ranked in the top 30 healthcare design firms by Modern Healthcare and among the country's top 100 Green Design Firms by Engineering News-Record.

"We are so pleased to be working with Women and Children's Hospital," said Uma Ramanathan, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch's principal for the project. "With this project, we will be helping transform the delivery of pediatric healthcare for future generations of children in Buffalo."

The current location of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo provides world class care, as evidenced by the hospital's recent rankings in U.S. News and World Report's Best Children's Hospitals list. But the facility is landlocked by its residential neighborhood, and its 120 year infrastructure is past its efficient effective age.

Coupling those factors with the emerging growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the planned relocation of the University at Buffalo Medical School resulted in the Physician Strategic Planning Committee (PSPC) identifying the preferred location of the future hospital at the new Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus site, less than two miles away.

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo's PSPC is comprised of more than four dozen pediatric, OB/GYN and adult physicians representing a broad section of the community, including University and private practice.

The project was developed by Women & Children's Hospital's PSPC after nearly two years of planning, which included local, state and national data analysis, trending and focus on the right place and setting for pediatric and OB/GYN care in Western New York.

This work supports the State's desire to restructure facilities to best serve the community's identified healthcare needs, assuring access to women and children's services in Western New York in the near future.

Ciminelli Real Estate (the developer) is also proposing to build approximately 300,000 sq. feet of environmentally friendly medical office space (including underground parking), 85,000 sq. feet of which will be Women & Children's Hospital space and the ambulatory care center. The ambulatory care center will serve children and adults.

Shepley Bulfinch's connections to Buffalo stretch back to 1870, when its founder, noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, completed the Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital (today the H.H. Richardson Complex). The firm later designed two buildings for the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo. More recently, the firm completed a facilities master plan for Roswell Park Cancer Hospital in 2006.