Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital Reuse (Deadline Extension!)

Sponsor: Kaleida Health

Location: Buffalo, New York

Type: One-stage proposal and qualifications with finalist shortlist

Eligibility: Joint North American developer/designer teams

Fee: None

Language: English

Budget: TBD


16 March 2012 – New registration deadline!

4 May 2012 – New submission deadline!


• Robert G. Shibley, FAIA, AICP, Dean of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo (Chair)

• Steven Spillman, principal, Pacifica Companies

• Maurice Cox, Associate Professor Architecture, University of Virginia

• Joseph Kessler, CFO Kaleida Health

• Albert J. Kruger, Director Corporate Real Estate Kaleida Health

• Janet Meiselman, President, Oxford Consulting, Inc.

• Tom Powers, Executive Managing Director, Cassidy and Turley

• Edward “Ted” Walsh, President, Walsh Duffield Companies.


First prize – $1 million (contingent on the execution of property transfer agreement to the winning team)

Second, third, and fourth prizes of $40K, $20K, and $10K respectively.

Building and Site

The property to be redeveloped includes 11 acres, 882,000 square-foot hospital facility, and 760-car parking garage on historic Olmsted circle in Buffalo, NY. Site is near Downtown Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Elmwood Village, Main Street light rail line, Olmsted Park. Building was created in eleven increments between 1911 and 1974.

Design/ Development Challenge

Owners are eager to transfer property to creative and capable development entity with a commitment to design excellence. Proposals should respect Olmsted legacy of Gates Circle, respond to clearly stated community values for use compatibility, sustainability, and aesthetic appeal. Proposals may incorporate whatever combination of adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and demolition the competitors deem marketable and buildable. Dual emphasis is on strength of program and design concept as well as developer capacity and track record.

Further information

Full competition invitation and background documents, including the report of an Urban Land Institute advisory services panel, are available for download from a file-sharing site at:

To register:


Bradshaw Hovey, Ph.D.

Co-Director, The Urban Design Project

School of Architecture and Planning

University at Buffalo/ State University of New York

Office Location: 3 Hayes Annex C

Mail to: 114 Diefendorf Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214-8032