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In 2010, the BNMC updated its 2003 Master Plan and Implementation Strategy. The initial Master Plan laid out a 20-year plan which the BNMC institutions accomplished in eight years. Gamble Associates led this updating process.

The 2010 BNMC Master Plan update revisits broad strategies that were laid out in the first BNMC Master Plan in 2003. It includes a review of individual institutional plans, summarizes campus growth expectations, and establishes a planning framework to accommodate the growth into the future.

The document also outlines important next steps that are necessary to enable the vision for an multidisciplinary medical campus to become a reality and provides recommendations for cooperative planning initiatives in the years ahead.

As part of the BNMC Master Planning process, the John R. Oishei Foundation funded Four Neighborhoods, One Community, to engage the Allentown and Fruit Belt neighborhoods. This process is designed to capture previous planning efforts and empower community members to speak with one voice about the changes they would like to see in their neighborhoods.


In 2001, the BNMC was created through a unique partnership in which the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Kaleida Health, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, and Buffalo Medical Group Foundation began working in collaboration with the surrounding neighborhoods and local government to cultivate a world-class medical campus in downtown Buffalo. Over the years, Olmsted Center for Sight, Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, Unyts, and the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care have joined the collaboration.

A critical first step in achieving this goal was the development of a Master Plan & Implementation Strategy to provide a framework for future growth at the medical campus.

In June 2001, the BNMC hired Chan Krieger and Associates (CKA) to develop a collaborative Master Plan. CKA has worked with other medical campuses such as John Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Longwood Medical and Academic Center (Harvard) in Boston, and the Louisville Medical Center.

In September 2001, CKA completed the BNMC Scoping Study, which is a precursor to the Master Plan. The purpose of the Scoping Study was to determine the need for, the institutional commitment to, the planning and design elements of, and the principles which should govern the development of a comprehensive, long-range Master Plan for the BNMC.

Working with CKA – a world-renown urban design and architecture firm from Cambridge, Massachusetts – the BNMC presented the Master Plan & Implementation Strategy in November 2002 to a diverse audience of over 350 people representing community, public sector and private business interests.

In March 2011, the BNMC presented its Master Plan update to more than 350 community members. This ambitious plan picks up where the 2003 plan left off.

The updated Master Plan received the 2012 Planning Excellence Award for Comprehensive Planning from the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association in September 2012.