Ithaca Opens Platinum Doors on $18M Business School by Robert A.M. Stern

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, Ithaca College’s new School of Business is pursuing a LEED Platinum rating from USGBC.

Last Tuesday, Ithaca College unveiled its new 38,000-square-foot, $18 million School of Business building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The project is aiming for a LEED Platinum rating and will include a Center for Sustainable Management to incorporate green business principles into Ithaca’s MBA program.

The project team, which also included Gilbane Building Co., used a computer model to passively design the structure according to solar movement. The project also features a green roof, graywater system, and locally-sourced construction materials. Approximately 96 percent of construction waste was been diverted from local landfills, and the building’s glass façade includes photovoltaics and solar water-heating panels. Natural daylighting is extensive on the interior, which features a four-story atrium and open-air stairwell.

The School of Business is the first of two LEED Platinum academic buildings that are planned for the Ithaca campus; HOLT Architects’ $21 million administration building- scheduled to open up next fall- also features a green roof, as well as a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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3 Responses to Ithaca Opens Platinum Doors on $18M Business School by Robert A.M. Stern

  1. sean keller Friday, February 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    platinum doors, 18 millions dollars, how green is it to spend all that and use materials like that even if they are locally sourced. if they wanted to show how green they are why not build learning spaces from straw or peat moss or mud or something. now thats green. they should try to tone it down a little. conserving is also a good way to go green.

  2. Heidi M Monday, February 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    Perhaps you should read more carefully. The total construction cost of the BUILDING was $18 million. The project is RATED platinum for its overall GREEN building standard.

  3. Geoff Dodd Australia Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 3:02 am #

    It’s a great concept and the green renewable features will continue to save money for decades. It sets a direction and an example. Why knock that? GD.