The medical school lounge, located in 131 Cary Hall, is where UB
medical students gather to socialize, read or decompress.
Intended as an oasis from labs and lecture halls, it features a fireplace, a stately grandfather clock, swirled pendant lighting, a dropped ceiling and furniture in shades of cocoa brown and steel blue.
“The idea is to make the student lounge feel like
home,” says Raymond P. Dannenhoffer, PhD, associate dean for
support services. “We want it to be obviously different from
any other location in the school.”
The lounge is also outfitted for recreation. Students can play Ping-Pong and pool, watch a favorite program on the 60-inch flat panel TV or use the PlayStation console. The kitchen features a commercial-grade microwave oven and refrigerator. Polity and Yearbook offices are housed in the lounge as well.
The lounge was renovated in 2010 thanks to an anonymous gift to the school. According to Dannenhoffer, the medical students collaborated on every step of the renovation. “They picked the style and the fabric of the furniture. They picked out all of the artwork. They had a say in everything.”