Despite a difficult economy, state budget woes and the ever-challenging weather, construction of UB and Kaleida Health’s global vascular institute and research building is moving full speed ahead: On Friday, the two institutions ceremonially marked the first sequence of steel being raised and put into place.
Speaking at a news conference at the building site, James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health, called the project “transformational” for the Western New York community, saying the largest construction project in decades serves as tangible progress that the local health care system is delivering on reform.
“Over the past six months, construction crews have worked diligently to prepare the site and get us ready for today with the first sequence of steel,” Kaskie said. “It is not only symbolic, but real progress. This is reform turning into meaningful action. Together, with the University at Buffalo, we are building a world-class flagship medical and research center right here in Western New York. It is a pivotal moment for both of our organizations, our community and, most importantly, the patients we serve.”