New Open-Air Terrace Offers a Green, Peaceful Place to Relax

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:27pm

A new open-air terrace brings the calming colors of the forest to patients and visitors at Roswell Park. Just off the second floor of the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, the space features raised beds of lush greenery accented with whimsical metal flowers, a sweeping view of the Buffalo skyline, and a selection of comfortable seating, from sofas and chairs to benches and bistro sets.

Named the MMMB Patient Terrace in honor of the anonymous donor who provided the funds to create it, the space was designed by Jason Sobieraj, Roswell Park’s Assistant Director of Planning and Institute Architect, following an open public design competition. It’s heavily accented with ipe (pronounced “ee-pay”), a wood harvested from the Brazilian rainforests using sustainable forestry practices.

On one side of the terrace, a sculptural wood bench rises from the decking and curls away from the building beneath a 30-foot-high stainless steel wall inscribed with words of comfort and hope: Healing. Reflection. Support. Compassion. Empowerment. Care.

Along with Kaminski Park and Gardens, the MMMB Patient Terrace offers a peaceful place to relax, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and find an escape from worry and stress.

The MMMB Patient Terrace is open to patients, visitors and employees from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. To reach the Terrace, take the elevator in the Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center to the second floor and turn right as you exit the elevator. The terrace entrance will be on your left.