Kaleida Health Global Vascular Institute
University at Buffalo CTRC/Incubator
Buffalo, NY

William C. McDevitt
Structural Option

Building Statistics - Part 1
General Building Information
  Building Name: Kaleida Health - Global Heart and Vascular Institute
University at Buffalo - CTRC/Incubator, Additions, and Renovations
Further referred to as GHVI
  Location: 100 High Street, Buffalo, NY
  Building Occupant Name: Kaleida Health Systems and University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  Occupancy Type: Medical Facility
  Size (total square feet): 476,500
  Total Number of Stories: 10, not including the penthouse
  Dates of Construction: August 2009 - April 2011
  Project Delivery Method: Guaranteed Maximum Price
  Overall Project Cost: $291 million
Primary Project Team
Kaleida Health & Buffalo 2020 Development Corporation
  Construction Manager/ General Contractor: Turner Construction Co.
139 Delaware Avenue, Suite 407
Buffalo, NY 14202
  Project Coordinator: Ronald Krukowski
  Architect and Engineers: Cannon Design
2170 Whitehaven Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
Design and Functional Components
GHVI is a state-of-the-art medical facility and a fundamental component in a joint undertaking between Kaleida Health Systems and the University Of Buffalo School Of Medicine. The building spans ten levels and includes exam rooms, classrooms, offices, a café, a wellness center and library, and a research facility. It is intended to bring patients, surgeons, and researchers together to collaborate in an unprecedented way.

Key themes considered throughout the design were collaboration, flexibility, and comfort. Kaleida Health Systems sought a structure that would link clinical and research work and combine all vascular disciplines. A spirit of collaboration was the driving force behind bringing both Kaleida and the University at Buffalo together in a single structure. Keeping this in mind, the design team developed the facility with a “collaborative core” which enables interaction among those working within the facility. This collaborative learning environment brings together research, ideas, and solutions and results in better patient care.

A universal grid design increases the flexibility of space and achieves measurable advantage in initial capital cost, speed to market, operating economy, and future adaptability. The universal grid is comprised of three 10’-6” building modules and forms a 31’6” x 31’6” structural grid capable of integrating the building’s diverse functions. When combined with an 18’ floor-to-floor height, the flexible grid creates an open plan capable of adapting to present and future healthcare needs. The building will be able to incorporate unknown, but rapidly changing technological developments within the industry, also giving it longevity through its adaptability.

With comfort in mind, a separate “hotel” level was designed on the second floor and separated from the procedural floors. Functionally, the “hotel” is comprised of private patient rooms and a small lounge area. Other family lounges are also provided and the perimeter of the building is shaped to bring in as much natural daylight as possible. The vision of GHVI is to create an atmosphere that is more than a simple hospital, but instead a facility for world-class treatment and state-of-the-art technology.


Major National Model Codes
  New York State Building Code (B) 2007
New York State Fire Code (F) 2007
New York State Plumbing Code (P) 2007
New York State Mechanical Code (M) 2007
New York State Fuel Gas Code (FG) 2007
New York State Energy Code (E) 2007
ICC/ANSI A117.1-2003
NFPA 101 1997,2001
NFPA 99 2003
Zoning and Historical Requirements
  No specific requirements.  
Building Enclosure
Building Facade

The Main building facade is an aluminum curtain wall composed of several types of glazing panels with Low-E coating.  Various other portions of the building contain painted aluminum panels, profiled panels, or perforated profiled panels. Lower portions of the building are made up of precast concrete panels, saw-cut concrete paving, facebrick, and stainless steel.


The roofing system consists of a fully adhered EPDM membrane which is applied over insulation, vapor-retarder, and substrate board on structural roof deck.
Sustainability Features
The design team behind GHVI felt it necessary to create a facility with minimal impact on the environment both during construction and throughout the life of the building. Attempts to save energy were made in the systems design by reducing the overall building loads and carefully designing the building envelope through appropriate insulation levels, thermal breaks, and efficient glazing. All materials selected for the project were based on LEED criteria for recycled content, renewable resources, and impact upon indoor air quality. Due to the use of this building, indoor air quality is even more important than usual, and to maintain a healthy environment, special care is being taken to ensure the finished product will meet ASHRAE 62.1 guidelines for ventilation and indoor air quality. Perimeter day lighting was taken into account in the design, and high efficiency water fixtures are also installed throughout the building. Finally, as it was previously mentioned in the architecture section, GHVI was designed for longevity, taking into consideration the durability of materials being used, the adaptability of the space for future use, and the ease maintenance.
Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐inprogress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of William McDevitt. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the originaldesign.

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