University at Buffalo opens new research facility in US

10 May 2012 (Last Updated May 10th, 2012 18:30)

The University at Buffalo (UB) in the US has opened its new $75m School of Engineering and Applied Sciences research facility on its North Campus in Amherst, New York, US.

University at Buffalo Barbara and Jack Davis Hall

The University at Buffalo (UB) in the US has opened its new $75m School of Engineering and Applied Sciences research facility on its North Campus in Amherst, New York, US.

The 130,000ft² facility, known as Barbara and Jack Davis Hall, will house the departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

It will also house the Center of Excellence in Document Analysis and Recognition and the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors.

UB engineering school acting dean Rajan Batta said: "As a new home to both Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Davis Hall will greatly expand our faculty, laboratory and academic teaching spaces, and in so doing greatly extend the scope and quality of UB Engineering’s cutting-edge research programs and educational activities."

Architectural firm Perkins+Will has designed the building while Turner Construction has carried out the construction.

The research building features a laboratory, teaching spaces, study areas and lounges, as well as a rooftop garden.

The building’s exterior has been covered in glass and copper coloured panels to resemble a printed circuit board, while the interior of the building features open staircases and common areas to facilitate interaction among faculty members and students.

The building has been built around a glass-enclosed, multi-storey gallery which allows pedestrian traffic into the campus.

Perkins+Will principal and design director Robert Goodwin said: "This new home for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers a connected and integrated environment that we hope will inspire students and faculty to explore new directions in research, education and cross-collaboration."

The facility was designed for gold certification under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The building is one of four recent projects at the university; the first was a residence hall that opened in August 2011 and the rest are scheduled to be open by September 2012.


Image: The building comprises a laboratory, teaching spaces, study areas and lounges. Photo: University at Buffalo.