At the University of South Carolina‘s Darla Moore School of Business, the future of business education is green — or will, at least, take place in a green building. The university recently announced the groundbreaking for the Moore School’s new building, which aims for top tier green certification.
The “iconic” new building, slated for the corner of Assembly and Greene streets next to the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, was designed by Rafael Viñoly Architectsof New York. Its cantilevered and glass design will maximize natural light within and, with its open interior, “encourage collaboration and creativity,” creating what Dr. Hildy Teegan, dean of the Moore School of Business, termed, in a statement, “a dynamic environment for both students and faculty.”
Sustainable features include a green roof to reduce summer heat gain and improve energy efficiency, pristine air quality, and occupant controls for heating, air and lighting in their own spaces. 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, and, as a result of the partnership, the Moore School has benefited from expertise in energy technologies and building systems and design/operating practices.
If all goes according to plan, the new home of the Moore School of Business will earn both LEED Platinum and a net-zero rating, which would make it one of the greenest buildings in the Southeast.