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Melvin H. Baker Chilled Water Plant

photo of building
Location: North

Historical Note:

The Melvin H. Baker Chilled Water Plant provides cooled water for air-conditioned buildings, with a cooling capacity of 168 million BTU's per hour, equivalent to 21,000 typical window units.  This facility provides service to indoor areas of the North Campus, except for residence halls.


Melvin H. Baker (1885-1976) was founder and former chief executive of National Gypsum Company, which at one time had its headquarters in Buffalo. 

  • 1976 -- (January) Building completed

Original Architect: Davis Brody and Milstein
Construction Cost: $8,604,000
Original Size: 36,935 gross sq.ft.