The Rust Belt city of Buffalo, N.Y., is recasting itself as a home for high-tech industry and green infrastructure.
Central to this makeover is a new home for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at University of Buffalo, which is drawing attention from design, industry and government circles alike.
Designed by Perkins+Will New York, the memorable SEAS building — also known as the Barbara and Jack Davis Hall — brings world-class technology and a tech-savvy collaboration platform for University of Buffalo (UB) to expand research into nanotechnology, bio-based security systems, and green tech, among other fields.
Tracking LEED Gold, the building helps fulfill UB’s commitment to sustainability and carbon neutrality by 2030.
Even more important, the school is drawing together high-tech and sustainability leaders to further Buffalo’s economic development.
Just last week, SEAS and the EPA hosted the “Western New York Green Infrastructure Forum,” which drew together architects, engineers, government administrators and scientists from around the country.
The $75 million, 130,000 s/f Davis Hall classroom and laboratory building is home to SUNY-Buffalo’s computer science and electrical engineering departments and was built by Turner’s New York City office.
Its hybrid design offers interactive and collaborative learning spaces thanks to a multi-story glass gallery space that integrates pedestrian traffic through the building into campus. It also features a state-of-the-art “cybertorium,” or “smart” auditorium.
The hybrid design stresses the value of interactive space for learning and discovery at SEAS. Organized around a glass-enclosed, multi-story gallery that facilitates pedestrian traffic into the existing campus, this colorful and dynamic architecture creates an interactive education/research environment.
“Perkins+Will is proud to work with the University of Buffalo to help launch a new generation of interdisciplinary, innovative and sustainable buildings on the UB Campus with the design of the Barbara and Jack Davis Hall,” said Robert Goodwin, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal.
“The hybrid program, sculptural form and interactive spaces of the building make a bold statement about the University’s commitment to explore new directions in research, education and collaboration.”