BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo won two awards
from BUILDINGS magazine’s eighth-annual America’s
Best Buildings of the Year (ABBY), a contest for commercial and
William R. Greiner Hall, a residential hall for sophomores on
the university’s North Campus, won the grand
prize for new construction, while the UB-Kaleida Health
building on the Downtown Campus won a
merit award in the same category. The latter edifice houses
Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute and UB’s
Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC).
ABBY award-winners “exemplify innovative performance
standards for renovation and new construction projects including:
energy efficiency; streamlined facility operations; sustainability
measures; forward-looking designs; purposeful renovation; and
community engagement,” according to the magazine.
Greiner Hall creates a new standard for student living in
Buffalo and beyond, said Don Erb, director of residential
facilities at UB. He said the building provides an eco-friendly and
mentally stimulating environment where students can live, learn and
Many structural components, including flooring, wall paneling
and counters, were developed from rapidly renewable resources.
Ninety percent of the interior, which hosts student housing,
offices and classrooms, is bathed in natural light.
Additionally, Erb said Greiner Hall is being recognized for the
community collaboration and input that went into its innovative
UB units including Campus Living, University Facilities Planning
and Design and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental
Access (IDeA Center) worked with Grand Island’s Cannon Design
to develop the building and open it for the fall semester of 2011
in memory of UB’s 13th president.
With guidance from the IDeA Center, the design team integrated
features that make the building accessible for students with a much
wider range of physical and cognitive abilities than traditional
residence halls can typically accommodate. Amenities include
roll-in showers that wheelchair users can access easily, and ground
level entrances that allow residents to enter without the use of
stairs or ramps.
Erb said Greiner Hall and the CTRC exemplify the goals of
UB’s Physical Plan, part of the UB 2020 strategic plan, which
calls for developing facilities to support the growth of research
and improve the student experience in state-of-the-art classrooms,
labs, libraries, dining halls, dormitories and recreational
The UB-Kaleida Health building received the merit award for its
“cutting edge, 10-story ‘vertical campus,’”
which “ties together advanced research with state-of-the-art
medicine in neurovascular, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, and
electrophysiological disciplines, according to Buildings
The structure is divided into two sections – clinical and
research centers – separated by a common space that
encourages cooperation between the disciplines.
The building, which includes colorful LED lighting, warm woods
and artistic wall fixtures, also features a floor plan that allows
for more efficient and economical installations of medical
equipment and basic utilities.
The facility was designed by Cannon Design with significant
input from UB researchers to maximize collaborations that could
lead to medical breakthroughs and inventive treatments.
UB has received a variety of awards for innovative and
eco-friendly facilities. The CTRC, along with Greiner Hall and
Davis Hall on UB’s North Campus, are certified gold under the
U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Kapoor Hall, on
UB’s South Campus, is certified silver under LEED.