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Norton Hall

NORTON

Overview

Facility
NORTON
Number
A300
Function
Facility / Campus Service
Gross Square Feet
55,320
Construction Cost
$6,188,000
Completed
June, 1977
Architect
Sasaki Dawson & Demay

Occupants

Function

Norton Hall, once primarily known for its food service facilities has continued to evolve in its function. It houses a number of departments providing academic services for the student body. It also includes the large lecture hall known as Woldman Theatre as well as a number of centrally scheduled classrooms. Of particular note is Norton's first floor transformation from primarily a dining area into the Center for Computational Research (CCR), a high-performance computing and high-end visualization supercomputing facility.

Namesake

NORTON

Charles Phelps Norton (1858-1923) was a founder of the university's law school and the University's sixth chancellor (1909-1920). Norton fathered the concept of the greater University of Buffalo by overseeing the purchase of 175 acres of land for what eventually became the South Campus on Main Street. He also bequeathed nearly his entire estate to the university for student activities.He also endowed the Norton Medal, UB's highest honor, which in 2003 went to outgoing UB President William R. Greiner. The Norton name is the only name that went to three different buildings over UB's history.

Historical research and photographs provided by University Archives.