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Jarvis Hall

JARVIS

Overview

Facility
JARVIS
Number
A440
Function
Academic / Research
Gross Square Feet
58,851
Construction Cost
$5,581,000
Completed
August, 1981
Architect
Marcel Breuer & Assoc and Cannon Design

Occupants

Function

Part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Jarvis Hall houses several engineering technical support services, including the Engineering Machine Shop and Engineering Design Services. Jarvis also is home to the Great Lakes Program, which coordinates scientific and technical knowledge on the Great Lakes ecosystem in support of public education and policy formation.

Namesake

JARVIS

Gregory Jarvis (1944-1986), a graduate of UB's electrical engineering program in 1967, lost his life with six others on the space shuttle Challenger. Captain Jarvis left active duty with the Air Force to join Hughes Aircraft. Jarvis was chosen from over 600 engineering applicants at Hughes to become a payload specialist and he was selected to fly on Challenger STS 51-L, which was destroyed one minute and 13 seconds after its launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Jarvis gave an inspirational commencement address at UB in 1985. After his death, students nailed a sign reading "Jarvis Hall" to the Engineering East building. The name was made official in a 1987 dedication ceremony.

Historical research and photographs provided by University Archives.