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Davis Hall (DAVIS) - North Campus, Academic Sector

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Davis Hall

Part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, this facility features updated classrooms and laboratories that support instruction and research in nanotechnology, pattern recognition and bio-based security systems. The building is fully equipped with the technology and instrumentation needed to best train tomorrow.s engineers. New York State provided $49.6 million of the total $75 million cost. Designed by Perkins+Will architects, the 130,000-plus-square-foot building houses the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering; the Center of Excellence in Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR); and the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS). The state-of-the-art facility built by Turner Construction features numerous sustainable building strategies, qualifying it for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

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Jack and Barbara Davis

John R. "Jack" Davis, engineer, entrepreneur, former military officer and philanthropist, is a pillar of the Western New York community and a longtime supporter of UB. While a student at UB he completed Marine Corps Officer Training as a reservist, and after graduating he served for three years as a deck officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He began work as an engineer in 1958, first at General Motors as a maintenance engineer, then at the Carborundum Company as a supervising sales engineer.

A longtime member of the UB Alumni Association, Davis is the founder and owner of I Squared R Element Company, a manufacturer and seller of heating elements for high-temperature furnaces, which are sold in all industrialized nations throughout the world. Davis is a firm believer in preserving American jobs and, as such, has never outsourced jobs overseas.

In 2008 Davis and his wife, Barbara, made an initial gift to UB of $1.5 million for the naming rights to the state-of-the-art "clean room" for the new engineering building on the North Campus. Though the largest gift in the school's history at the time, Davis was not satisfied and asked to do more. That instinct resulted in an additional donation of $3.5 million, and in 2012 UB proudly opened Barbara and Jack Davis Hall.

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Building Facts

Primary function: Research

Tenants: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Center of Excellence in Document Analysis and Recognition, Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors

Architect: Perkins and Wills Architects

Completion date: January, 2012

Gross square feet: 142,406

Construction cost: $45,000,000

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