Buffalo State continues to get pulled out of the doldrums of outdated architecture with another drab building being retrofitted to reflect the changing times.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.
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.
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.
See all recently completed and underway Buffalo State capital projects, including the Houston Gym Rehab (click here).