Idaho Statesman Staff
Published: August 16, 2012
Boise State University will dedicate the new Micron Business and Economics Building at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday [Aug 21] in the courtyard at 2360 University Drive.
Boise State President Bob Kustra, Micron Technology CEO Mark Durcan, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce President Bill Connors, College of Business and Economics Dean Patrick Shannon and business professor Nancy Napier will speak in a brief ceremony.
Self-guided tours will follow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will be available to show off some of the four-story, 119,000-square-foot building’s unique features, including high-tech, adaptable classrooms, the 250-seat Skaggs Hall of Learning, the Dykman Financial Trading Room, the Williams Boardroom and the Hales Family/Chris and Barbara Petersen Imagination Lab.
The building also will serve the business community with spaces and programs focused on their needs, including the Idaho Small Business Development Center, TechHelp, the Centre for Creativity and Innovation, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Idaho Council on Economic Education.
The project has been in the works since October 2010 when the University Inn was demolished at the site. The $28.8 million building cost was covered with a $12.5 million lead gift from Micron Foundation and more than 1,000 additional private gifts, along with bond proceeds to be repaid with student facilities fees.
The building uses geothermal energy for heating and natural light to reduce electrical consumption. It is expected to use half as much energy as a building of similar size, and will generate real-time energy usage readouts that can be incorporated into research projects. It also features a rooftop garden to help keep the building cool.
Students will begin classes in the building on Aug. 27 when Boise State’s fall semester gets under way. About 3,300 students are majors in the College of Business and Economics. The college’s programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the gold standard for business schools.
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