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Buffalo Life Sciences Complex  

State University of New York | SUNY 

LERA was the structural engineer for a new 329,000-sf (32,000-sm) complex that consists of a new research building for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a new Bioinformatics Building for the University of Buffalo.

The goals for the Buffalo Life Sciences Complex were many due to its multiple constituencies. State governmental officials sought to create a life science industry and economy for the Buffalo and Niagara region, and research partners Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University of Buffalo desired a unique facility that would meet the needs of collaborative research and serve as a potent tool for recruiting international researchers to their staff.

The project’s design accommodates user needs in two separate, yet conjoined  facilities, with unique façades distinguishing the two. The facilities are equipped for research in the areas of genetics, pharmacology, therapeutics, super-computing and workforce development. Designed to meet LEED Silver criteria, the Complex incorporates high efficiency lighting, heat recovery systems and an EnergyStar roof.


Buffalo, NY 



Dormitory Authority of the State of New York



Francis Cauffman




Gold Award for Engineering Excellence, 2008

American Council of Engineering Companies New York (ACEC NY)


Best Research Facility Project, 2005

New York Construction Best of 2005 Awards

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