Davis Hall (Barbara and Jack)

  • Overview

    Gross Square Feet
    Construction Cost
    December 2011
    Perkins And Wills Architects
  • Function

    Davis Hall consists mainly of research space and labs, including a clean room, offices and classrooms.  The building will enhance UB’s engineering education, research, and development, which is expected to lead technological and economic development.  The state-of-the-art facility features numerous sustainable building strategies, qualifying it for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

    Part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, this facility features updated classrooms and laboratories that support instruction and research in nanotechnology, pattern recognition and bio-based security systems. The building is fully equipped with the technology and instrumentation needed to best train tomorrow.s engineers. New York State provided $49.6 million of the total $75 million cost. Designed by Perkins+Will architects, the 130,000-plus-square-foot building houses the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering; the Center of Excellence in Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR); and the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS).

  • Namesake

    Barbara and Jack Davis.

    The University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will name its new building Barbara and Jack Davis Hall to honor the Western New York couple who has given $5 million toward the construction and enhancement of the facility.  Davis, a well-known industrialist and 1955 graduate of the UB engineering school. 

    In 1964, he founded I Squared R, the nation's only manufacturer of silicon carbide and molybdenum disilicide heating elements. I Squared R products are used in the manufacturing of other products such as flat-panel display glass, fiber optics and solar panels.