The School of Architecture and Planning has called Hayes and Crosby Hall on UB's South Campus home for the past forty years. Today, these structures are undergoing a $50.5 million restoration, a vast and crucial undertaking to preserve two of the University at Buffalo’s most historic and iconic buildings.
The $50.5 million effort also offers a chance for the school to maximize the possibilities that these iconic structures offer to the school, so that it may carry on the work of teaching and training future professionals in the fields of architecture, design and planning.
The project combines an emphasis on historic preservation and sustainable building practices with a desire to creatively re-design the spaces in both structures for their best use as part of a 21st century school of architecture and planning. Plans focus on preserving the exteriors of the buildings while making them more efficient, a strategy that aims for LEED Gold certification.
The work on both buildings—part of the university’s “Building UB” master plan, the physical piece of the UB 2020 strategic plan—also includes bringing each building up to code, installing state-of-the-art environmental systems, and advancing accessibility to interior spaces, primarily through the reclamation of each structure’s fourth floor.
Once complete, this multi-faceted project will have added newly creative, functional spaces to each building, while producing a thoughtful physical expression of the school’s history and values, according to Dean Robert G. Shibley, FAIA, AICP, who has overseen the project as dean since January 2011 and, prior to that, as campus architect for UB.
The school has also leveraged the restorations as an opportunity to incorporate their planning, design, and construction into the educational experience at the school.
The Hayes phase of restoration has begun on the UB South Campus and is slated for completion in August 2014. The makeover of Crosby Hall, which houses studios, labs, critique spaces and additional office space, is currently in the design phase, with a 2016 target for full build-out.