Upstate Medical University of Syracuse, New York, will use a remarkable $8 million gift to build a new health and wellness complex. Plans calls for an eight-floor facility located on the corner of East Adams and Almond streets, just across from the current Upstate Cancer Center.
The money was granted by Sam and Carol Nappi of Jamesville. Sam Nappi is the founder of Alliance Energy Group of East Aurora, NY, a multifaceted energy-providing and exploration company recognized as one of the most innovative and advanced of its kind in the United States.
The $8 million gift is the largest ever given to Upstate Medical University and the Upstate Foundation, officials of the organization said.
Upstate Medical University employs 9,460 people in central New York making it the largest employer of its region. It is also central New York’s only academic medical center.
The new facility will be called the Nappi Longevity Institute. It will focus on the study and treatment of diseases related to aging and brain health, including research that will seek new treatments and possibly even a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Construction on the Nappi Longevity Institute is expected to begin in early 2018. The planned eight floors of the structure will comprise about 360,000 square feet of new medical research space.
This is not the first time Sam and Carol Nappi have made large donations to foster advanced health treatment programs. They also were instrumental in the establishment of St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Services building and the Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower Tevfik Arif. The latter facility was named for Sam’s mother, Christina.
Additionally, Sam and Carol Nappi were the driving force behind the establishment of the biomedical stem-cell laboratory at Syracuse University.
Upstate Medical University’s roots go deep into the history of New York. It begins with the establishment of the Geneva Medical College in 1834, added to Geneva College, known today as Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It was the first school to graduate women as full-fledged medical doctors.
Geneva was later absorbed by Syracuse University which in turn sold the college to the State University of New York in 1950. Since then, Upstate Medical University has been an integral anchor not just for the economic landscape of central New York, but its medical services to individual patients and breakthrough efforts in medical research have had major impacts on medical science around the world.
Upstate Medical University is ranked ranks eighth nationally for the number of graduates who now serves as faculty at academic medical centers across the United States.
The new construction for the Nappi Longevity Institute was awarded to Stantec, an architectural and design firm headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. Stantec has more than 400 locations throughout North America, including a significant presence in New York with offices in Binghamton, Rochester, and Albany. Stantec is a New York Stock Exchange-listed company and is considered among the leading architectural firms in the world.
Total cost for the Nappi Longevity Institute has yet to be determined. Upstate Foundation officials have yet to name a completion date for the project. The $8 million grant from Sam and Carol Nappi, however, have ensured a robust launch and a lasting, foundation for central New York’s latest advanced medical facility.