Heart of the Campus

Heart of the Campus (HOTC) is the UB 2020 initiative to enhance the student learning experience by creating a “learning landscape” in the center of the academic spine.

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HOTC 1: Oscar A. Silverman Library

Completed August 24, 2016

a tour of the redesigned and renovated third floor of the Oscar A. Silverman Library
rendering of the Grand Reading Room.

the Grand Reading Room

The first phase of the HOTC project was completed August, 2016. The Oscar A. Silverman Library in Capen was rennovated into a 21st-century library to accommodate the different ways students study and learn. The third floor now includes rooms for individual and group study; a traditional Grand Reading Room; high-tech classrooms; suites for producing, editing and viewing multimedia; and a café.

HOTC 2: 1Capen

Completed (around) August 23, 2017

the front desk at 1Capen.

the front desk at 1Capen

In the second phase of the HOTC project, essential student services were streamlined into one convenient location on Capen Hall's ground floor.

HOTC 3: One World Café

conceptual drawing of the proposed Global Market.

conceptual drawing

The third phase of UB’s Heart of the Campus initiative will bring One World Café, the university’s much-anticipated international eatery — a transformative initiative being designed by the UB community, for the UB community — to one of the busiest crossroads on the North Campus in 2021.


HOTC 4: Future

Phase four of the HOTC project will bring Admissions and Financial Aid offices to the first floor of Capen Hall. The offices would be located at the former library counter near the elevators at Founders Plaza. This would provide a new front door to Capen on the first floor, Weber says, and allow foot traffic on one level between Knox and the Natural Sciences Complex, the two primary academic areas on the North Campus. Moving the highly visible Admissions and Financial Aid offices to that spot would give Capen front doors from either side of the parking lots, obvious entrances for visitors coming in from Putnam Way and Flint Loop, Stott says, noting that “there’s a real divide” as to what is considered to be the front and back of Capen.