A key SUNY Buffalo State academic building has reopened after two years of renovation.
Caudell Hall underwent a $22 million overhaul that began in June 2014. The building houses the college's social work, speech-language pathology, hospitality and tourism, and health, nutrition and dietetics departments.
Students and faculty began using the renovated building for the first time earlier this semester. College officials celebrated its opening on Thursday.
Built in 1962, the 21,000-square-foot building has three floors that were gutted and renovated to meet the needs of the academic programs. The building features classrooms, offices, conference space, and state-of-the-art food laboratories, including one lab with a demonstration area that opens into the main lobby.
The original layout of the building did not allow for the type of collaboration across academic disciplines considered to be essential to learning today.
"All of these programs have a human service focus – from preparing meals for specialized populations to helping clients who have speech and language disorders," said Jim Mayrose, dean of the School of the Professions. "The updated building will be more conducive to collaboration among students and faculty, which not only will enhance the educational experience, but also will bolster students' resumes due to the hands-on experience they will obtain."
College officials said 800 students who major in the programs housed in Caudell will use the building each semester, along with a few hundred other students who attend courses in general classrooms in the building.
The building also received new mechanical and electrical systems, a new roof and new exterior cladding in aluminum, glass and terra cotta panels. The cost of the renovations was covered by the State University Construction Fund.