The renowned architectural practice of Perkins+Will in New York designed the Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with a lot of sustainable features and a daring aspect that completely changes the aspect of the previous outdated facility.
The inspiration for the design came from the two programs that the engineering building houses, namely Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. Starting from this, the exterior tries to be an architectonic manifestation of these activities, with the color and patterns of a printed circuit board and copper electronic wiring.
There are two functionally distinct blocks that are joined together by a gallery enclosed in glass and with multiple levels permitting the two blocks to collaborate and communicate freely. The entire interior space is designed to provide large spaces with abundant light to provide ample space for exchange of ideas and discussions.
The building also features an eco-friendly design with an improved building shell insulation and high performance windows and the illumination is light efficient through the use of photo sensor controls. Due to these features the building aims to fulfill the LEED Gold standard of environmental leadership.