Moore Celebration: Business school breaks ground on new building
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More than 250 Darla Moore School of Business alumni, faculty, staff and students joined University of South Carolina officials Friday (Sept. 23) to celebrate a major milestone -- the groundbreaking for the Moore School’s new building.
When completed in December 2013, the building promises to transform business education at the university and serve as the front door to Innovista.
USC President Harris Pastides said the building will symbolize the Moore School’s commitment to participate, innovate and lead.
“The Moore School is recognized internationally for its distinguished record of teaching and research. This building, with its iconic design and energy innovations, will enhance teaching and learning and advance the school’s reputation for preparing leaders for the world of commerce and contributing to the economic development ambitions of our state and nation,” Pastides said.
To be located at the corner of Assembly and Greene streets next to the Carolina Coliseum, the building has created buzz not only for its iconic design by Rafael Viñoly Architects of New York, but also for its green features.
The building’s cantilevered and glass design will maximize natural light within and, with its open interior, encourage collaboration and creativity.
“The new home for the Moore School is designed to create a dynamic environment for both students and faculty and will fully utilize the latest information technologies,” said Dr. Hildy Teegen, dean of the Moore School of Business. “The building also is designed to meet the highest standards for sustainability and energy efficiency -- a goal consistent with the university’s mission of environmental responsibility and consistent with the expectations of business.” The new Moore School is designed with the community in mind and to encourage interaction and collaboration among faculty, staff and students.
The main entrance is on Greene Street. That level, which is actually the second level, will house a visitors’ center, a trading room with stock market ticker boards and a café. It will open to an expansive, open-air courtyard that will include The Pavilion, a free-standing space for lectures and special events, and The Palmetto Court, a green space that features groupings of large sabal palms.
“The new Moore School also is designed to serve a larger purpose for the university, for the community here in Columbia, and for the business community,” Teegen said. “It is located, literally and figuratively, to meet the needs of students while enhancing our ability to create partnerships and provide support to the business community.”
Throughout the building will be open spaces with flexible furnishings, outlets for technology and white boards that students, faculty, staff and others can use and adapt for ad hoc meetings or team projects. Even the large open stairwells are designed to encourage interaction.
The first level, located below the main floor, is the learning level. It will feature a variety of classrooms, all designed with technology and flexibility for student project collaboration in mind. It also will include a 500-seat lecture and performance hall, the result of a partnership with, and support from, the School of Music. The café will have extended hours for serving visitors who attend events in the hall.
Much of the third level will be devoted to executive and professional education programs and will house classrooms outfitted with advanced technology, and a conference center. Administrative offices also will be on that level.
The fourth level will house faculty offices and a research lab. Both floors will provide views below of the Palmetto Court.
The building has myriad sustainable features. The roof will feature green turf to reduce heat and improve energy efficiency. Its design will maximize natural light and shade for cooling, and occupants will benefit from outdoor views and light, pristine air quality and control of heating, air and lighting in their own spaces.
The building’s design incorporates goals for earning a LEED Platinum and a Net-Zero rating, meaning that it will generate as much energy as it consumes. The Moore School was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to partner with its national laboratories in its Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Partnership program. As a result of the partnership, the Moore School has benefitted from expertise in energy technologies and building systems and design and operating practices.
If sustainability goals are achieved, it will be among the greenest facilities in the Southeast, Teegen said.
“A factor in the DOE’s selection of the Moore School is its commitment to use the expertise of our business faculty and students in addressing the value of and potential for sustainability,” Teegen said. “This expertise, combined with our role as the economic development hub of Innovista, will help the Moore School take a leading role in this burgeoning field.”
Gilbane Co. and partner Cumming SMG will manage the project’s construction; site preparation is set to begin by December 2011.
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