| University of Buffalo
South Elicott Housing
Buffalo, New York
As part of the University of Buffalo's master plan for campus expansion, the South Ellicott Housing Facility will provide 600 new beds in a LEED Gold certified housing complex. Along with the housing expansion comes an opportunity to design a landscape that provides a pleasant setting for casual gatherings, promotes increased pedestrian and bicycle use, exposes on-site water quality treatment strategies and, with a variety of outdoor learning areas, builds a link to the school's natural sciences curriculum.
The five-acre site is defined by three distinct landscape areas, each supporting a variety of active and passive uses: urban streetscape, campus green and native meadow. Each area also establishes a strong connection to the new building through direct access and views, a bio-swale system that collects and cleans the building's storm water runoff, hedgerows that attract wildlife and a paving pattern that expresses the building's structural system and sustainability system. A series of paving bands, gabion weirs, hedgerows and geothermal well points extend into the landscape, weaving together landscape and architecture, exterior space and interior space, natural and built systems.
Architect: Cannon Design