Dean Robert Shibley invites guests inside Hayes Hall after the Grand Reopening Ceremony on Sept. 23, 2016. Photo: Douglas Levere
Cutting the ribbon to formally reopen Hayes Hall are, from left, Madeline Burke-Vigeland, a member of the school's Dean's Council; Micaela Barker, a dual master’s student in architecture and urban planning; Provost Charles F. Zukoski; Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes; President Satish K. Tripathi; Dean Robert Shibley; Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; faculty member Kerry Traynor; and architect Valerie Christianson. Photo: Douglas Levere
A banner-adorned Hayes Hall basked in the morning sun before the Grand Reopening Ceremony on Sept. 23, 2016. Photo: Joe Cascio Photography
Cutting a piece of the ribbon for the Hayes Hall Grand Reopening are (from left to right) Ernest Sternberg, professor and chair of urban and regional planning; Omar Khan, associate professor and chair of architecture; several members of the school's Dean's Council: Richard Perlmutter (BA '76), Madeline Burke-Vigeland, Franklin Dickinson (MArch '85) and Randy Asher (BS '95); and alumnus Gary Jastrzab (BA '76)
Dean Robert Shibley and Valerie Christianson of Bergmann Associates unveil a plaque celebrating Hayes Hall's achievements in sustainable design. The building is on track for LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Association.
Dean Robert Shibley and Kerry Traynor, clinical associate professor of urban planning, unveil the bronze plaque denoting Hayes Hall's listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Traynor led the nomination process with the university and the New York State Historic Preservation Office. Photo: Joe Cascio Photography
The Grand Reopening Ceremony was followed by a reception, tours and a building-wide exhibit of faculty and student work. Photo: Joe Cascio Photography
All smiles at the reopening are Ruth Bryant, former assistant dean of the School of Architecture and Planning; Lynda Schneekloth, professor emerita of architecture; and Bonnie Foit-Albert Cox (MArch '75). Photo: Joe Cascio Photography
The renovation carved out Hayes Hall's signature two-story atrium and gallery as a central space for public exhibits and events. Photo: Joe Cascio Photography
Attending the events were (left) Charles Davis II (MArch '02, BPS '99), and (right) Al Price, professor of urban and regional planning.
Formerly closed off, the fourth floor studios - lit by skylights with views to the clock tower - are today some of the building's most sought-after spaces. Photo: Douglas Levere
As a canvas for faculty and student work, Hayes Hall features hallways with hanging exhibit systems and swivel display lighting. Exhibits lined the north and south wings on every floor for the grand reopening events. Photo: Joe Cascio Photography
Published October 6, 2016
As he addressed the hundreds gathered in front of Hayes Hall for the historic building's recent Grand Reopening Celebration, Dean Robert Shibley exalted in the outcome of the five-year renovation of a treasured university and community resource: "[It] has given us the best of the old, and the best of the new."
Shibley's tribute to Hayes Hall captured the spirit of the day in more ways than one. Indeed, the School of Architecture and Planning reoccupies the fully renewed facility just as it prepares to mark 50 years since its founding - a coincidence that turned the Sept 23-24 reopening festivities into a milestone celebration of the history and work of the school, and all that's now possible in a building that sets standards in historic preservation, design and sustainability.
“It is a spectacular facility, fully equipped to support our teaching, research and service in the place-making professions,” Shibley said during his opening remarks. “The quality of space and light, the embedding of technology in the learning environment, the efficiency of its systems — the search for knowledge will be better here because it’s a better place, and we want to be better because it’s a better place.”
Don't miss our wrap-up coverage of the grand reopening of Hayes Hall:
Hayes Hall underwent a $44 million, five-year renovation that included a complete exterior restoration and reimagining of the interior. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places over the summer and is on track for LEED Gold Certificaiton, the top rating by the U.S. Green Building Council for sustainable design and building.
The building was constructed in the 1870s as the Insane Asylum for the Erie County Almshouse. UB acquired it in 1909 and converted it into an academic building in the 1920s, and renovated it again in the 1950s. The School of Architecture and Planning has called it home since 1977.
After the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, alumni, community members, faculty and students spilled into the building for a series of events that carried the celebration and invited reflection. In all, the two-day affair featured a a building-wide exhibit of the work of the school; a symposium headlined by alumni from across the eras; a talk by a distinguished alumnus playing a lead role in rebuilding Ground Zero; and a forum considering future directions for the school.
We are pleased to share the following recap of a momentous event for the University at Buffalo, the School of Architecture and Planning and the communities we serve. Thank you to all those who participated from near and far. This was the start of a conversation, with much more to come.
Spectacular, magnificent, glorious, remarkable. The adjectives and superlatives for Hayes Hall flowed freely - and often - at the reopening celebration as members of the UB and surrounding community reacted to the fully renewed historic landmark.
Click on the images below to view select remarks from the grand reopening ceremony.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi: "Hayes Hall is not just part of our heritage, it also represents our university's connection to the community and UB’s mission of service. It is also now a 21st cent learning environment for architecture and planning students and faculty."
"Almost fifty years ago when this school was founded our faculty and students worked in the most makeshift of facilities...The move to a vacant factory building in 1973 was a step up. Forty years ago we moved into Hayes Hall. Even then it showed its age – a century of hard living – and it didn’t get much better over the years. Today we mark the opening of a new chapter. We are a school that has grown ten-fold in a brand new and simultaneously historic building."
Byron Brown, Mayor, City of Buffalo: "This is a great day for the University at Buffalo. This is a great day for Buffalo."
Madeline Burke, principal, Gensler: "As chair of the Dean’s Council, I’m grateful to be involved at the beginning of such an exciting new chapter in the life of the school. The building is renewed and clearly --- it is magnificent. Now the call is for us – all of us, faculty and students, administrators, alumni and the Dean’s Council – to do work that is worthy of this renewed and shining place."
Valerie Christianson, Project Architect, Bergmann Associates: "The quality herein today was by highly deliberate design, to achieve cohesive, functional and aesthetically enriched environments that acknowledge the 19th century building elements while infusing modern design that supports the vibrancy of the school. A new dynamic school of architecture and planning and the comprehensive restoration of Hayes Hall are now an honest dialogue between eras."
Micaela Barker (MArch/MUP '17) called upon her fellow students with the following 'assignment': "Fill the building with your hard work and keep it filled. Celebrate your work often, together, and invite the outside world to see it...[and] do not be afraid to take an active role in how this building’s culture is defined over the next year."