BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Twenty years after it was constructed to serve
the needs of the University at Buffalo's growing engineering
programs, the Engineering Trailer Complex on UB's North (Amherst)
Campus was demolished to make way for a new School of Engineering
and Applied Sciences building.
The demolition of the 10 trailers will clear the way for the
groundbreaking next spring for a new building that will become the
sixth in the engineering school complex. It will be the first new
engineering building at UB in more than 20 years.
"In years to come, the new building on this site will attract
outstanding researchers and aspiring students who will produce
valuable new research and innovative technologies, as well as a
highly skilled workforce for this region," said Harvey G. Stenger,
Jr., dean of the school, the largest and most comprehensive public
school of engineering in New York State. "The demolition of these
trailers symbolizes an important first step toward helping us to
achieve our ambitious goals."
The new building will modernize programs and facilities for the
departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical
Engineering. The planned 130,000-square-foot structure will boast a
"clean room" for intricate work with nanodevices; a "cybertorium"
with sophisticated communications devices and smart technology; and
flexible research labs, classrooms and meeting areas for
The facility will allow UB Engineering to use its current
buildings to expand existing programs, and grow into new,
high-demand fields like biomedical engineering.
UB Engineering is in critical need of additional research and
teaching space, with planned increases of 30 percent in both
faculty and enrollment by the time the new building is scheduled to
open in fall 2011.
These goals are aligned with the UB 2020 strategic plan, which
aims to grow UB by 40 percent between now and the year 2020 and to
invest in areas of strategic strengths such as information and
computing technology and integrated nano-structured systems in
which UB Engineering will play a lead role.
New York State has embraced the engineering school's vision by
providing $49.6 million toward the $73 million needed to build the
structure. UB Engineering currently is engaged in a fundraising
effort to generate the remaining $23 million in private funds.
A simulation of the trailers disappearing and the new building
rising can be viewed at http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/dean/newbuilding.html.
It was created by UB staff.
Artist's renderings of the new building, developed by the
architectural firm Perkins+Will, are at http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/newbuilding/drawings/.
Founded in 1946, the UB School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences has 150 faculty members and an enrollment of more than
2,300 students. UB Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate
degree programs in six departments. The school's annual research
expenditures are approximately $50 million; its per-faculty
research expenditure puts it in the top 10 percent of U.S.
engineering schools, according to data from the National Science
Foundation. UB Engineering works with corporate partners in a
variety of ways ranging from joint research ventures, to continuing
education, to co-op work arrangements for students.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.