Preservationist and urban design consultant Tim Tielman has given his input on a project that he would like to see unfold on the Buffalo State campus. As a new member of the Buffalo State College Facilities Committee, Tielman has taken it upon himself to suggest an appropriate design for a new building that will one day grace the campus. The effort envisions a new visitors’ center and alumni house in the form of a Classical Revival Style building, as an alternative to another non-disclosed edifice that might be in the works. Tielman also suggests that the Alumni Hall be built next to Rockwell Hall in tandem with Elmwood, rather than burying it towards the rear of the campus as has apparently been proposed.
Tielman brings up some excellent points, and, per usual, has an instinctive feel about the project. His site location is in accordance with the Albright-Knox and its desire to emphasize Elmwood Avenue as a central component of a growing campus. It also plays off recent infill (Burchfield-Penney Art Center) and the future opening of the Richardson-Olmsted Complex.
Campus and city life is right out the door.
Tielman considers this new built to be a center of bustling activity – one that reflects the original grand building designs that are found on campus. Visitors would be able to interact directly with Elmwood and other destinations, rather than be shuttled around the campus. His place making exercise takes into account Rockwell Hall, Ketchum and Bacon – the sightlines, the quad, the walkability, and the cohesion between buildings off and on campus.
If nothing else, there is a brilliance behind identifying this prime location for a new building of this nature. Tielman then goes an extra step and formulates a plan to build a structure that looks like it could have been standing a hundred years ago. There’s nothing wrong with taking architectural cues from the past, and in this case it works tremendously well.
Click the document below to see and read about Tielman’s ideas for the Alumni Hall.