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Smart and green, Rockwell expansion on target

April 21, 2009

Last fall's groundbreaking for the Rockwell Hall expansion was the first step in a dream project promising a building that will be as smart as it is green.

Sustainable, high tech features

The 54,600-square-foot, $17.5 million expansion’s state-of-the-art design is
based on sustainable features and high-tech educational concepts that will promote the vision of the College of Business as one of the finest in the Rocky Mountain region.

With 44,000 square feet dedicated to program space, the expansion includes a basement and two floors, which will house nine new classrooms, a 112-seat grand auditorium, a financial data lab, and a student forum.

Intelligent, interactive setting

“This expansion will bring us into the future and serve as a structure that will raise our profile across the country,” says Erik Olson, director of development at the College.

“Our students will walk out of here with an unbelievable foundation that will make them instantly hirable and versatile in a challenging business world.”

The building will have something for everyone – students, faculty, and staff. Its "smart” classrooms will feature teleconferencing, multimedia programs, resources for virtual teams, and financial databases. The focus will be on creating an intelligent, interactive setting that also is physically appealing.

Meets growing space needs

A prime reason for the expansion is to satisfy space requirements that will accommodate the minor in business program, allowing Colorado State University students in seven other colleges to take classes at the College of Business. This minor in business program is now serving more than 1,500 non-business majors. In addition, the expansion will also meet the needs of various graduate programs.

On the green side, the expansion is expected to hold a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certificate. LEED is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council to provide standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

Expected completion is December 2009

Expectations are that the 14-month project will be completed by December 2009 with move-in after the winter break.

“Right now, we appear to be on schedule,” Olson says. “It’s an exciting project, and we’re all anxious to see the walls go up so we can begin showing the building’s progress.”

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Originally published in the College of Business Spring 2009 Alumni Magazine, The Difference, p. 21.