Most recently used as a dining and meeting facility, Moot Hall now houses admissions, registration, financial aid, student accounts and veterans services. Work on the $7.25 million adaptive reuse project ($5.6 million in construction costs) began in March 2000. Designed by Stieglitz Snyder Architecture, the Moot Hall renovation is the centerpiece of an ongoing $70 million facilities improvement program that also includes the recent completion of the college's new campus-community Barnes and Noble bookstore.
As one of Buffalo State's key entrance buildings on Rockwell Road, the two-story, 32,000-square-foot Moot Hall serves as a central location that offers students "one-stop shopping" for the highly utilized enrollment management functions it houses.
With its double facade - one on the Rockwell Road side with stone cornices that reflect the tradition of nearby Rockwell and Ketchum halls, and one facing the opposite direction with a black glass-curtain wall that symbolizes the college's vibrant future - the building serves as a focal point for visitors as well as current and potential students. Pieces from a sculpture garden formerly located outside the building were incorporated into the black glass facade; the granite architectural remnants were originally from the Erie County Savings Bank building in downtown Buffalo that was built in 1893 and razed in 1968.
The west side of the building features two mature trees - a red horse chestnut and a Japanese zelkova - preserved during construction and originally planted on the site in the mid-1960s.
Moot Hall was named after the late Adelbert Moot, a prominent lawyer active in Buffalo civic affairs. Well-known for his work in civil welfare and civil service and legal reform, Moot, who died in 1929, served on the New York State Board of Regents for 17 years, including eight as vice chancellor. His portrait, to be unveiled in a 10 a.m. ceremony with his family on Oct. 11, hangs in the newly renovated building.
Picone Construction Corporation was the general contractor on the SUNY Construction Fund-financed project.