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Caudell Hall Renovation @ Buffalo State Adds to Campus Momentum

Buffalo State continues to get pulled out of the doldrums of outdated architecture with another drab building being retrofitted to reflect the changing times. When it reopens in 2016, the updated building will accommodate the departments in the School of the Professions at Buffalo State: Hospitality and Tourism, Dietetics and Nutrition, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology.

Not only have many of the buildings on the Buffalo State campus become dated-looking, they have also outlived the design of their original purposes. The need for additional space, modern classrooms and labs, enhanced natural light, updated technology, weather protection, green elements, new mechanical systems, etc. require that many of the buildings be retooled to meet with the needs of the various growing and morphing departments. 

To see details on the department transitions and the reconfigurations, click here for details

Caudell Hall Renovation

Consultant: BHNT Architects
General contractor: Northland Associates, Inc.
Project cost: $21.2 million
Construction start: Summer 2014
Construction finish: Summer 2016

See lead image rendering and also below for before and after – BHNT Architects


Other retrofits and new builds on the Buffalo State campus include phased renovations of Upton Hall (see below) that will ultimately provide classroom, lab, studio, gallery and office space for departments in Buffalo State’s School of Arts and Humanities. 

Upton Hall

Consultant: Flynn Battaglia Architects
Project cost: $48.3 million
See 2013 Campus Statement


Currently underway is phase 2 of the Science and Mathematics Complex project.  Phase II, to be completed in 2015, will include demolition of the Science Building’s south wing, a full renovation of the north wing, and construction of a second addition along the south side of the building, which will house a greenhouse for the Biology Department.

Science and Mathematics Complex


The new planetarium, designed to appear as a large, glowing sphere housed in a transparent framework, will define the complex’s main entrance.  An impressive three-story sky-lighted atrium that will be the main route through the complex.  Upper-level balconies and bridges will open to the atrium, offering spaces for conversations and collaboration as well as quiet study.

Architect: Cannon Design
General Contractor:  LPCiminelli
Project cost: $30.9 million
Construction start: Fall 2013

During phase 2 of the Science and Mathematics Complex project, the north wing of Buffalo State’s existing Science Building will be renovated. It will house classrooms and offices for departments in the sciences.


Phase 3 of the project will create a new planetarium, a greenhouse, labs, classrooms and lecture halls at a cost of approximately $25.5 million.

A ribbon cutting for the Technology Building was held in September of ’13, which followed the opening of Buffalo State’s new dorm complex that opened along Grant Street (see here).

See all recently completed and underway Buffalo State capital projects, including the Houston Gym Rehab (click here).


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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