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Business Building

Business Building

Built: 1960

Currently Houses: College of Business


While a business school was not central to the original academic philosophy of UW, the area steadily grew and its programs are among the most popular to study among students. The original rectangular building was emblematic of educational buildings of the time. The box like shape was creative to maximize available space. In recent years, the business building underwent a massive remodel that more than doubled its size. The building is also the first building on campus to obtain LEED Gold certification, a measure of design quality and sustainability. some of the sustainability features include:

-- 95 percent of the material from the old building was recycled to divert it from the local landfill.

-- 10 percent of the new building is made of recycled content.

-- Urinals use one cup of water per flush versus the standard one gallon.

-- 90 percent of storm water will be treated to remove a minimum of 80 percent of suspended solids from the water.

-- Bike storage and shower facilities are available to encourage people to bike to work rather than drive.

-- Water efficient landscaping will reduce water usage by 50 percent or more.

-- The new building will achieve an annual energy savings of 15 percent while the remodeled building will realize a 29 percent savings.

-- Outdoor air will be monitored to ensure carbon dioxide concentrations are within recommended standards.

-- Janitorial closets are separately exhausted to minimize chemical and pollutant sources.

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