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A green, grand opening

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Douglas Hall, which now houses the College of Business Administration, embraces technology in its design and interior systems.

Producer: Jeffron Boynes / photography: Joshua Clark / editing: Anna Dworzecka

After closing for a one-year makeover, the $11.7 million revamped Douglas Hall is now the new home of the College of Business Administration.

The building reopened last week in time for fall semester with a completely renovated interior that features collaboration hubs, break-out areas and conference rooms equipped with the latest technology.

"CBA students are surely the future of business and this building reflects that," said Michael A. Pagano, interim dean of the College of Business Administration, at the dedication ceremony Aug. 24.

Designed by The Architects Enterprise Ltd., the facility in the heart of east campus spans over 24,000 square feet across three floors.

Upgrades required gutting the entire structure and removing precast concrete and glass, as well as the roof, while preserving the original concept of Walter Netsch's mid-'60s architecture.

"This building fulfills goals from the very beginning that were very important to the university and to the College of Business Administration — comfort for students, corporate professional environment — and the systems and designs selected reflect and support just those goals," said Jeff Jeno, the architectural firm’s senior project manager.

The structure incorporates green features such as geothermal wells, solar panels, automated interior lights, water savers and automated cooling/heating. The university will apply for LEED Gold certification, a rating system for energy-efficient buildings.

“Douglas completes this cluster of buildings that have positioned UIC at the forefront of green architecture in Chicago,” said Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares at the dedication.

The project, which began in June 2010, was funded by student fees and gifts from individual and corporate donors.



Below: Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares and College of Business Administration Dean Michael Pagano perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting Aug. 24.

Photo: Julie Jaidinger


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