The State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Architecture & Planning, Hayes Hall Building

Buffalo, New York

  • FIRM

    Bergmann Associates


    The State University of New York

  • AREA

    79,085 sq.ft.





Design team
Bob McCubbin, PE, (Project Principal), Valerie Christianson, AIA PMP (Project Manager), Bero Associates (Historic Preservation), LeChase Construction Services, LLC (General Contractor)

The restoration of Edmund B. Hayes Hall on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo brings a beloved community icon back to life. This nationally ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY485COST PER SQ FT$487.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation landmark, home to the university’s School of Architecture and Planning, welcomed students and faculty in fall 2016.
Combining a complete restoration of the building’s exterior with reimagined interior spaces, the project revives an iconic building and creates a flexible, dynamic learning environment for future architects and planners. From maximizing daylighting to sourcing reclaimed wood, the project has achieved LEED Gold certification and raises the bar for sustainable building practices at the university. The renovation is the most extensive in the history of the circa-1866 building.
The reconstruction of Hayes Hall reorganizes the School of Architecture, previously distributed across multiple campus sites, and improves the efficiency and stature of its academic programs. The new School of Architecture and Planning establishes a cohesive, functional, and aesthetically enriched environment for students and faculty. Modern 21st-century design strategies improve the school’s ability to recruit and retain students. The renovation remediates dilapidated conditions and establishes sound structural, architectural, and mechanical systems. This has enabled the university to fully use this vital asset.