The much-needed facility will accommodate seven technology-based programs of study, including fashion and textile technology, electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, technology education and computer information technology.
"We are very excited about having a Technology Center that further advances our mission of hands on study and strategic problem solving," said Stan Medinac, associate vice president, Facilities Planning, Buffalo State College. "Having all of our technology programs under one roof will also facilitate efficient sharing of resources and greater interaction among students, faculty and staff."
The proposed building, which is envisioned to be approximately 100,000 square feet and incorporate green design concepts, was developed based on extensive input from students, faculty and staff. From an aerial view, it resembles a circle nestled in an "L." Smart classrooms and labs, as well as social and administrative spaces are oriented to a sunlit atrium with information kiosks and seating areas. To accommodate new technology and evolving curricula, spaces are integrated and easily reconfigured.
The building will be situated in the heart of the campus on land currently occupied by old service buildings. Completion is planned for 2011 with design finalization in 2008 and construction beginning in 2009.