ZGF programmed and designed the 110,790 SF Gerdin Business Building, a consolidated home for the College of Business. Increased enrollment underscored the need for a new facility focused on both teaching and research. A light-filled commons and central stair serve as the social heart of the building flanked by two perpendicular wings, one which includes all of the primary teaching spaces and the other which provides office space for departmental programs and staff. Faculty and administration offices occupy the upper floors, while classrooms, lab and community spaces fill the lower floors. Generous circulation space throughout the building provides opportunities for planned and chance interaction among students and faculty, enlivening the building. Study alcoves located within the commons provide more intimate spaces for individual or group study.  The building is located on the last building site on the historic Olmstead designed Central Lawn, the physical and symbolic heart of the campus, the building was designed to be sympathetic to the surrounding architecture while simultaneously projecting a distinct look and feel appropriate to the business school. The program includes technology enabled lecture halls and a range of active learning classrooms that provide a forum for collaboration and debate, and a range of support spaces, including career services and tutoring.

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