New Business Building

January 2014

This project involves the construction of a new University academic building which will provide approximately 96,000 square feet of additional state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment space on the Uptown Campus. The building will be the new home for the University’s top ranked School of Business and will include over 40 new instructional and study spaces to serve the University’s larger classroom space needs.

The Business Building is being constructed adjacent to the Entry Plaza and Collins Circle, directly across from the University Hall, and is the final component of the ceremonial ‘front door’ to the campus.

The building draws much of its design inspiration from the existing Edward Durell Stone Podium complex and quadrangle residence halls that dominate much of the Uptown Campus. The formality of the orthogonal aesthetics of the Durell Stone buildings is respected and preserved in the new building, but in a more modern interpretation.

The massing of the Business building will remain as a simple rectangular volume, so as not to compete with the Podium. The building interior is designed for maximum circulation and natural lighting. The exterior of the building includes both solid and transparent volumes with a dramatic glassed area on the northeast corner, revealing dynamic and engaging interior spaces that will help activate Collins Circle and the Entry Plaza during the day and at night.

The University has designed this building to achieve LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council, a measure of sustainability and green features of building design, construction, and operations. Included in the building will be maximization of daylight (to reduce lighting needs) with specially designed precast panels, clerestory skylights, and automatic daylight responsive lighting controls as well as triple glazed insulated glass, and a low velocity ventilation system. The building will include a real-time building efficiency information center in the lobby.

Building Overview

  • Three floors above grade and one floor below grade
  • Total building occupied space equals approximately 96,000 square feet
  • Building includes a designated pedestrian tunnel which will connect the new building to the existing academic podium
  • Another, separate tunnel will be used for services and utilities
  • 28 new classrooms
  • 10 new Group Study rooms
  • Café at the lower level adjacent to classroom areas, including seating for about 50 persons
  • Vending area at lower level
  • 4 Business Centers
  • 5 School of Business Laboratories
  • 1 Trading room for Business School use
  • Event and lounge space capable of accommodating table seating for 180 people
  • 66 individual offices
  • 9 open space office areas
  • 5 conference rooms
  • Sunken landscaped garden with pervious pavers
  • Covered bicycle storage area
  • Shower/changing facility for bicycle commuters
  • High performance glazing systems for energy efficiency
  • Clerestory structures at the roof to provide natural day light to interior spaces
  • Targeted LEED Gold certifiable
  • Real time building efficiency information center in Lobby
  • High performance acoustical components
  • Daylight responsive lighting controls
  • Exterior pre-cast concrete fin elements utilized to continue the original campus design rhythm, but also were incorporated as a sustainable day lighting tool
  • Low velocity ventilation system for occupant comfort and air quality

Project Progress

  • Substantially Complete and Occupied

Project Timeline:

  • Start: Building structure - May 2011
  • Substantially complete – August 2013

Project - Design Renderings and Photos:

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    Future Site of the New Business Building

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Conceptual Exterior Perspective View

    Site plan showing the New Business Building
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    Elevated rendering from northeast of the New Business Building

    Elevated rendering from northeast of the New Business Building
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    Building rendering with program stacking diagram

    Building rendering with program stacking diagram
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    Third floor exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram

    Third floor exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram
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    Second floor exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram

    Second floor exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram
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    First floor exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram

    First floor exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram
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    Lower level exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram

    Lower level exposed to illustrate the program stacking diagram
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    Cross section through the New Business Building looking south

    Cross section through the New Business Building looking south
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    Various building sections

    Various building sections
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    Rendering from the northeast of the New Business Building

    Rendering from the northeast of the New Business Building
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    Line rendering from the northeast of the New Business Building

    Line rendering from the northeast of the New Business Building
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    Line rendering at the northeast entrance of the New Business Building
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    Line rendering entering the building and welcomed by the Trading Room

    Line rendering entering the building and welcomed by the Trading Room
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    Line rendering moving southeast to the primary staircase leading to the second floor

    Line rendering moving southeast to the primary staircase leading to the second floor
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    Rendering looking south at the first floor level

    Rendering looking south at the first floor level
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    Line rendering from the staircase to the second floor looking east toward the Entry Plaza

    Line rendering from the staircase to the second floor looking east toward the Entry Plaza
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    Line rendering looking south across the second floor living room

    Line rendering looking south across the second floor living room
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    Line rendering looking north across the second floor living room

    Line rendering looking north across the second floor living room
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    Rendering looking north across the second floor living room

    Rendering looking north across the second floor living room
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    Rendering looking north across the second floor living room in a table seating configuration for 180 people

    Rendering looking north across the second floor living room in a table seating configuration for 180 people
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    Rendering looking north across the second floor living room in a table seating for 180 people configuration during a presentation

    Rendering looking north across the second floor living room in a table seating for 180 people configuration during a presentation
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    Rendering from the southeast of the New Business Building

    Rendering from the southeast of the New Business Building
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    Rendering from the southwest of the New Business Building

    Rendering from the southwest of the New Business Building
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    Future Site of the New Business Building

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Future Site of the New Business Building

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Future Site of the New Business Building

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from State Quad

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from Business Administration roof - North wall at Lower level and foundation footing installation

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from Colonial Quad - West excavation backfilled

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from Fine Arts roof

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from Colonial Quad roof - Continued foundation footing and lower level wall installation

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from State Quad roof - West wall lower level walls installed

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Views from Arts & Sciences roof - Building footings and lower level walls being installed

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Continued site excavation and west wall foundation footings installed

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from State Quad - Partial building site excavated and service tunnel walls being installed

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from northeast. Winter protection being installed at first & second floors.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from southwest. Winter protection being installed at first & second floors.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from southeast.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Southeast corner of the building.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View of building from Northwest.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Building east elevation.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View at building Northeast entrance.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    View from southeast. Start of first floor steel installation.

    Future Site of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Construction Photo of the New Business Building

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    East elevation from academic podium roof

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    First floor view looking north at the business centers

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    View to the north at the Living room

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    Northeast view from the Living room

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    View to the south at the second floor Living room

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    Main staircase from first floor to the Living room

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    View east from second floor towards the Entry Plaza

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    View to the north at the Living room

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Second floor view south to Living room

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Southwest elevation

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Sunken garden

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    East elevation at sunken garden

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Third floor view of the living room from the north

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    Elevation from third floor looking south

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    North elevation from second floor living room

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Second floor elevator lobby

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    South elevation at second floor living room

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    North elevation at second floor Living room

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Southwest elevation at first floor centers

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Second floor classroom

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    East elevation

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    View of east elevation and sunken garden

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    West elevation

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Second floor view from living room towards University Hall

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Second floor group study rooms and classrooms

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Entrance view from Collins Circle

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Exterior view from the east

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Second floor group study rooms and classrooms

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    Second floor classrooms

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    First floor view looking north

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    View to the east at the Living room

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building
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    Second floor classroom

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    First floor classroom

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    Entrance view from Collins Circle at night

    Construction Photo of the New Business Building