Boise State’s new Micron Business and Economics Building to be dedicated Tuesday
Boise State University will dedicate the new Micron Business and Economics Building at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.
A ceremony will feature remarks from 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.
The ceremony will be followed by self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A number of students will be on hand to show off some of the four-story, 119,000-square-foot building’s unique features, BSU officials said in a news release. They include technologically savvy, adaptable classrooms, the 250-seat Skaggs Hall of Learning, the Dykman Financial Trading Room, the Williams Boardroom, the Anti-complacency Room, the Hales Family/Chris and Barbara Petersen Imagination Lab and much more.
In addition to state-of-the-art features for students, the building also will serve the business community with spaces, programs and centers 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.
Work on the new home for the College of Business and Economics began in October 2010, with the demolition of the University Inn. 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 strategic facilities fees.
By incorporating geothermal energy for heating and ample natural light to reduce electrical consumption, BSU officials said the building “serves as a model of responsible stewardship and sustainability. It is expected to use half as much energy as a comparably sized building, 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 new building on Aug. 27 when Boise State’s fall semester gets under way.
(photo: courtesy Boise State University)