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Moore School Breaks Ground
September 23, 2011
The Darla Moore School of Business has much to cheer about.
In little more than a week, the Moore School was recognized for having the nation’s top undergraduate international business program for 15 years and broke ground for a building that will transform business education at the University of South Carolina and serve as the front door to Innovista.
The Moore School earned the No. 1 spot for undergraduate international business in U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 “America’s Best Colleges Guide,” released Sept. 13.
On Friday, the Moore School broke ground for its new home, which will 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, will encourage openness and collaboration.
“The new home for the Moore School is designed to create a dynamic environment for both students and faculty, and one that fully utilizes the latest information technologies, ” said Dr. Hildy Teegen, dean of the Moore School. “The building is also 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 main level will house a visitors’ center, a cafe, a trading room with stock market ticker boards and doors that open outward to an expansive, open-air courtyard.
The third and fourth levels will provide views below of the Palmetto Court, a green space that features groupings of sable palms, and the Pavilion, which will be used for lectures and special events.
The new school was designed with interaction and collaboration in mind. Every level will have open spaces with flexible furnishings, outlets for technology and white boards that students, faculty, staff and others can use and adapt for meetings or team projects. Even the large open stairwells are designed to encourage interaction.
The first floor is the learning level. It will feature a variety of classrooms, all designed with technology and flexibility for student collaboration in mind. It also will feature a 500-seat lecture and performance hall, the result of a partnership with, and support from, the School of Music. The cafe will have extended hours for serving visitors who attend events in the hall.
The third floor will feature executive education, classrooms outfitted with advanced telepresence technology, administrative offices and a conference center with meeting spaces. Faculty offices and a research lab are located on the fourth floor.
The roof, which will feature green turf to reduce heat and improve energy efficiency, is one of the myriad sustainable features of the building. Its design will maximize natural light and shade for cooling. 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. Energy Department 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.
Gilbane Co. and partner Cumming SMG will begin construction in November. The building is planned to open in December 2013.
Written by USC News and Internal Communications
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