University at Albany, SUNY, School of Business Building
Albany, New York
Square Footage: 96,000
Advancing the University at Albany’s bold strategic vision, the School of Business serves as a 21st-century hub of innovative learning in commerce and entrepreneurship and also engages a growing local community and network of global partners. The new 96,000 square foot (8,920 square meter) building is significant as a symbol of the School’s mission of accessibility and openness, but it is also distinctive because of its architectural context on a modernist campus designed by Edward Durell Stone. Many characteristics of the building’s design set the stage for long-term environmental impact. Notable among its sustainable features are the maximization of daylight and the use of specially-designed, self-cleaning, precast panels.
The new building enhances the student experience by offering settings for unique collaborations with the business community and beyond. The facility includes technologically-integrated spaces for career development, corporate recruiting, and campus life, which range from minority and women student groups to two entrepreneurship centers.
Once inside the School of Business facility, students and visitors are greeted by a Bloomberg terminal trading room and several entrepreneurial centers, expressed in a storefront style to encourage interaction. Above is an upper atrium, called the Living Room, which facilitates informal gathering, inter-program collaboration, and opportunities for extended learning. Classrooms, academic services, and faculty suites are located on the top two floors, while general classrooms and a café, which opens onto a sunken garden, occupy the lower floor.