State University of New York at Buffalo, William R. Greiner Hall

Buffalo, New York

  • FIRM

    CannonDesign

  • CLIENT

    State University of New York at Buffalo (UB)

  • AREA

    200,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $62,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2011

Seamlessly connected to the main academic spine and integrated with the campus master plan, the $62 million, 200,000-square-foot, six-story residence hall enables students to cut through it, removing obstructions between the campus’ residential village and the academic core.

Greiner Hall is an essential first step toward achieving UB 2020, a $360 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$310.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges capital-improvements program aimed at increasing enrollment by 10,000 over a decade.

The building removes barriers for students with disabilities, fostering both independence and social interaction. 

In addition to fulfilling the State University of New York at Buffalo’s (UB) LEED gold standard for new construction, Greiner Hall incorporates universal-design best practices to create a simple, intuitive space that can accommodate everyone, regardless of physical ability. Universal-design features were incorporated without increasing project cost.

Smart planning, a constructive partnership with the college and construction manager, and meetings in which students enumerated a “wish list” of project features all helped evolve this residence hall. It fulfills the university’s programmatic requirements and aesthetic goals within budget and schedule guidelines, and provides the campus with a handsome northeastern “front door.”