The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences creates a new focal point on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo, consolidating functions from seven different existing locations and completing a composition of a series of late 1970s Marcel Breuer buildings.
A prominent copper-colored volume thrusts outward to announce a COST PER SQ FT$362.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized "front door" for the School of Engineering, which previously was situated along a service roadway. The building is organized around a multi-story gallery that facilitates pedestrian traffic into the existing campus and culminates in an atrium that activates a new courtyard shared with the Breuer buildings.
Containing offices, classrooms, labs, a clean room, lecture hall as well as technology demonstration spaces, the building is planned on a highly flexible and adaptable grid to allow for flexibility as technology and teaching pedagogy shift over time. The western edge of the building creates an activated outdoor gallery to shelter students as they move into the campus.