The campus community is invited to celebrate the dedication of the new Micron Business and Economics Building — where education and innovation inspire — at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. A dedication program will be followed by an open house and self-guided building tours from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
College of Business and Economics faculty have moved in, interior finish work is wrapping up and members of the media got a sneak preview of the building earlier today.
Work on the new home for the College of Business and Economics began in October 2010 with the demolition of the University Inn. Spanning nearly 119,000 square feet over four stories, it will transform teaching and learning with state-of-the art adaptable classrooms, team rooms, designated areas for research and collaboration, the 250-seat Skaggs Hall of Learning, The Dykman Financial Trading Room, the Williams Boardroom and much more. It also brings under one roof Boise State’s units that interact with the business community on a daily basis — Idaho Small Business Development Center, TechHelp, the Centre for Creativity and Innovation and the Center for Entrepreneurship.
By incorporating geothermal energy for heating and ample natural light to reduce electrical consumption, the innovative 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 rooftop gardens to help keep the building cool.
The $28.8 million cost was covered with a $12.5 million lead gift from Micron Technology Foundation and more than 1,000 additional private gifts, along with bond proceeds to be repaid with student strategic facilities fees.