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Business leaders know that it is not enough to focus on the bottom line. Tomorrow’s executives and entrepreneurs will need a keen understanding of socially responsible management practices, as well as the ability to lead teams from different areas, interact comfortably with people of many cultures, and think both broadly and long-term.

In a groundbreaking move, the College has broken ground—and construction is well underway—for a new School of Business building to house these future leaders and to be a sustainable learning laboratory for their education as socially responsible global citizens.

The building design, by Robert A.M. Stern architects—with input from faculty, staff, and students—fosters interactive and collaborative learning. It uses U-shaped seating arrangements and clustered work areas in classrooms, a community lounge for informal study groups and meetings, and breakout rooms designed for small-group project work within a larger class setting.

Excitingly, the facility will be the first in the country for a primarily undergraduate program that is designed to platinum specifications, the highest level of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications managed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Features include a passive solar south wall to collect and store heat and allow for maximum natural lighting, and a vegetated roof tohelp control wastewater runoff and be a thermal cushion against major temperature fluctuations.

 “This building is a symbol of our commitment to sustainability,” says assistant professor of business administration David Saiia, “and will help IC further develop a distinctive competence in sustainable management. Dean [Susan West] Engelkemeyer is doing a great job of nurturing projects and curricula that reinforce the statement our building is making.” The goal for this campaign objective is $17 million.




You've read in previous issues about the innovative School of Business building that will be the first of its kind in the United States for under-
graduate business education. You can help IC business students become not just prosperous, but also socially and environmentally responsible businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and leaders by contributing to the School of Business building priority. Visit www.ithaca.edu/businessbuilding.



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