The $57 million, 198,000-square-foot building blends residential, academic and recreational spaces in a "learning landscape." Its architecture follows the principles of universal design, meaning the building and its amenities are designed to be accessible to people with diverse abilities. The building is the first in Western New York designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard. This residence hall is intended for sophomore students. It is a six-story structure located on the North Campus, adjacent to the Fargo building of the Ellicott Complex. Greiner Hall consists mainly of living suites, and also contains a café, classrooms and offices on the ground floor.
(1934-2009) William R. Greiner, who joined the law faculty in 1967, rose through the faculty and administrative ranks, culminating with his appointment as UB's 13th president in 1991. He served until 2003, and was named UB president emeritus on Nov. 17 by the SUNY Board of Trustees.
Greiner's administrative leadership resulted in a period of unprecedented growth at UB. His extensive list of major accomplishments includes the expansion of the university's research enterprise, including the creation of major research institutes and recruitment of world-class faculty, solidifying UB's place as a top-flight research university. He transformed student life, including the development and construction of five state-of-the-art student apartment complexes. He established the university as a leading international educational institution, and under his leadership, UB developed pioneering collaborative educational programs with universities in Poland, Cuba and Turkey.
He built a worldwide network of UB alumni, and fostered a new cultural presence of the university in the community, including the opening of the Center for the Arts. Greiner also spearheaded UB's drive to Division I athletics and oversaw the most ambitious fundraising campaign in university history.