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The state-of-the-art Business Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois has earned the world’s highest honor for sustainable, environmentally friendly construction and design. The year-old building is the first business facility at a public university anywhere in the world to earn platinum certification through LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a U.S. Green Building Council rating system that has become the recognized standard for measuring sustainability in construction.
Illinois alumnus Cesar Pelli is the architect behind the new Business Instructional Facility. Considered one of the campus's first "green" buildings, the Business Instructional Facility features a literal green roof, complete with plants, solar panels to provide energy to the building and sophisticated lighting and air-handling systems. And its design features, such as floating staircases and a commons area lit naturally by four stories of windows, has turned a few heads.
College of Business students will study this fall in a new, $60 million-plus building filled with high-tech classrooms, counseling and career services, and a state-of-the-art laboratory that simulates real-time market trading.
Solar panels, a green roof, natural ventilation, and other features may help the 160,000-square-foot Business Instructional Facility save $300,000 a year in energy costs and earn a gold or platinum rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.
When the term 'green' is applied to buildings, it typically refers to features that reduce energy consumption. The new business instructional facility has all of these things, but also incorporates a feature that is literally green, its roof.
Don Fullerton considers himself an environmentalist, but he readily concedes that like-minded folks may fervently disagree. That's because Fullerton, a visiting professor of finance, is an environmental economist. He believes that the environmental benefits ought to exceed economic costs of any program to reduce or clean up pollution.
"On time and on budget!" This is the mantra of Dean Avijit Ghosh and University officials that is keeping construction crews and contractors in step with the new Business Instructional Facility being built on the corner of Sixth and Gregory. It officially opens on the first day of fall semester classes in August of 2008.
Three scholars and administrators offered their thoughts on the future of higher education during a panel discussion that kicked off the groundbreaking celebration.
The College ceremonially broke ground on April 28 for the new Business Instructional Facility, a celebration attended by more thant 250.
The College of Business Instructional Facility was approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on July 14, 2005.