Project Spotlight: Buffalo General Medical Center, NY

Hospitals are designed to keep patients and their families safe and comfortable; but over time, facilities can quickly feel outmoded and out-of-step with current advances and styles. To keep up with shifting populations and changing patient needs, Buffalo General Medical Center recently underwent a $5 million renovation and is a great example of how a facility can evolve and adapt to changing health care demands.

Originally dedicated in 1858 as Buffalo General Hospital, the facility remains the largest teaching affiliate of the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient care. But while the buildings and technology have certainly changed over the past 161 years, updates to the facility itself became more clearly needed after the new Oishei Children’s Hospital opened next door. In an article in Buffalo Business First*, Jody Lomeo, the CEO of Kaleida, the group that runs the facility, discussed the remodel. “We talked about how wonderful and beautiful the campus looks, but that Buffalo General, our hub, needed a little TLC,” he said. “So the next logical step for Kaleida Health was for us to redo Buffalo General and for us to match the greatness that takes place within the building.”

Over three months, the facility was given a new lobby area, functional seating with charging stations for patients and families, and improved indoor and outdoor signage. Part of the renovation was a 12-foot-wide by 42-foot-long curved translucent canopy that connects the main facility to an adjacent parking ramp. While an unprotected walkway existed there before, the Guardian 275® TransCURVE™ canopy now in place provides shelter from the elements for those passing through the space, while also allowing soft natural light to keep the area from feeling dark and enclosed. During the ribbon cutting for the renovated facility, the hospital’s CEO, Christopher Lane, was quoted as saying that the changes and renovations were all aimed at the goal of making the facility more patient-centered, and “befitting of the great things going on in the facility.”

Guardian 275® TransCURVE™ systems do more than just provide shelter – they allow architects and designers to make an elegant and eye-catching design statement. As an added benefit, their lightweight sandwich panel design also allows structural support to be kept to a minimum while still standing up to harsh upstate New York winters and heavy snow loads. If your next project demands a unique walkway cover, a visually impactful canopy over a main entryway, or just a few simple window awnings, check out TransCURVE™ systems from Major Industries.

*Buffalo General completes $5 million lobby renovation, Buffalo Business Journal, Tracey Drury, August 28, 2018,

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