W.A. Franke College of Business
The open floor plan of the W.A. Franke College of Business
invites students to stay after classes and enjoy 32,000 square feet of informal
- A building designed around communication
and collaboration between students, faculty, and outside organizations.
- The grand central staircase cascades
through open floors and promotes visibility and communication.
- Innovative front porches provide short-term,
technology-rich collaboration spaces at the entryways of classrooms and computer
- Break out areas provide team-oriented,
longer-term collaboration spaces with technology.
- The Career Development Office promotes
student engagement with employers.
- The Business Communications Center provides
resources to help students develop strong and diverse verbal and written communication
- Full wireless Internet access throughout
- In-house information technology student
Achieving LEED Gold
- Natural ventilation replenishes air
- Concrete floors act as thermal mass,
capturing cold night air and providing natural cooling during summer days.
- Natural lighting available in over 75
percent of working areas.
- Motion detectors manage all office
- Computer-controlled hallway lighting
- All floors were constructed using 18-inch
raised flooring to house electrical, data, water, and ventilation.
- Concrete pillars provide a load-bearing
- Non-load-bearing walls are easily
remodeled, extending the building’s lifespan.
Reduced building impact
- 86 percent of construction waste was
diverted to reclamation facilities.
- Construction materials were 26 percent
recycled content by cost.
- 44 percent of materials by cost were
manufactured within 500 miles.
- 21 percent of raw materials by cost were
gathered within 500 miles.
- Reclaimed water usage cut potable water
consumption by 93 percent.
- Xeriscape landscaping designed for water
- About 40 percent of the computing within
the building is on thin client, which allows students and faculty to access
computers from a large server using a slim and energy-efficient device
- Thin client computing lessens
environmental manufacturing and disposal impacts.
- Thin client computing reduces electrical
costs and lowers the university carbon footprint.