A new residence hall that embodies the principles of UB’s comprehensive physical plan, “Building UB,” is under construction on the North Campus.
The 600-unit South Ellicott Suites for sophomores will feature a “learning landscapes” concept designed to enhance student learning by blending residential, academic and recreational areas. The new facility is part of the plan to make the North Campus more dynamic, lively and attractive. It will become the model for future campus housing at UB, according to Joseph J. Krakowiak, director of University Residence Halls and Apartments.
“The entire first floor of the building will demonstrate the vibrancy of 24-hour-a-day academic activity, a key principle in the learning landscapes concept,” Krakowiak says. “The first floor has a wide variety of settings for classroom spaces for study groups and for individual study, and features a 2,000-square-foot Market Café with seating for 50 people.
“Casual study will be enhanced through the use of technology, lighting and flexible spaces.”