William & Mary

Business School to dedicate new building

  • Alan B. Miller Hall
    Alan B. Miller Hall  The new home of the College of William & Mary Mason School of Business will welcome its first class of students when the fall 2009 semester begins in late August. A public dedication of the building is planned for October 2, 2009.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
  • Welcome
    Welcome  An atrium welcomes visitors to Alan B. Miller Hall. It is seen here from the second floor.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
  • A learning environment
    A learning environment  In the earliest discussions of Miller Hall, the goal was to create a place of vision, community and innovations. State-of-the-art classrooms like the one pictured left exemplify these goals.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
  • A gathering place
    A gathering place  The Gallery Hallway offers students and faculty a space to talk and study.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
  • World class
    World class  Lawrence B. Pulley (left), Dean of the Mason School of Business talks with reporters during a tour of the school's new home, Alan B. Miller Hall. Extolling the benefits of the facility's collaborative classrooms, Pulley told the reporters, "If you don't get the classrooms right, you don't get the building right."  Photo by Suzanne Seurattan
  • Team study
    Team study  The driving force behind the design of Alan B. Miller Hall was to provide the Mason School with a learning and teaching environment designed for maximum faculty/student interaction.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
  • Value added
    Value added  Forbes Magazine's 2009 biennial ranking of business schools named The Mason School as one of the best for "return on investment."  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
  • Bonus feature
    Bonus feature  In addition to classrooms, offices and meeting space Alan B. Miller Hall offers a few extras including a coffee shop and patio for studying or relaxing.  Photo by Suzanne Seurattan
  • Courtyard
    Courtyard  The building's design also includes this magnificent exterior space. The courtyard is large enough to accommodate the graduation exercises for both its undergraduate and graduate students.  Photo by Suzanne Seurattan
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The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business will host the grand opening and public dedication of its exceptional new home, Alan B. Miller Hall, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

The building, designed by world-renowned and LEED-accredited firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, is a state-of-the-art facility, awaiting it’s notification of silver LEED Certification and envisions a Gold certification. Miller Hall stands at the Western gateway to the William & Mary campus. The building embodies the school’s commitment to sustainability and state-of-the-art environmental standards campus-wide.  It personifies the college’s entrepreneurial spirit as it inspires leadership and innovation all under one sturdy and environmentally-friendly roof.

William & Mary graduate Alan B. Miller founded Universal Health Services, Inc., the third largest proprietary hospital management company in the United States, in 1978.  He will be speaking at the dedication of Alan B. Miller Hall, along with architect Robert Stern.

At a time when the economy was at the brink of disaster, under the leadership of Dean Larry Pulley, the Mason School was still able to leap into its future. As part of a public-private partnership, the Mason Business School Foundation was designated as project leader and responsible for the planning, timing and cost of the operation.  The project budget totaled $75 million, $50 million of which was raised in a private capital campaign.  Alan B. Miller Hall was finished in time for this fall’s classes and within budget.

Since its founding in 1693, The College of William & Mary has shaped some of America’s first entrepreneurs and revolutionaries. The Christopher Wren Building, the oldest academic building in the country, sits opposite the new Alan B. Miller Hall, which architecturally melds seamlessly into the campus, but technically heralds the future with its efficient, environmentally-conscious, and sophisticated features.

Alan B. Miller Hall boasts 166,000 square feet of space for instruction, student activity, faculty offices, visiting scholars and research.  Miller Hall’s sustainability features include:

·    Lighting that is automatically controlled to shut off when not in use
·    Meters that track all energy usage and payment accountability
·    Energy savings that are 20 percent over ASHRAE standard 90.1 (i.e. code) compliance
·    Water savings that are 40 percent over ASHRAE standard compliance
·    Energy Star efficient equipment and appliances
·    Rooftop water collection tank for recycling and irrigation purposes
·    Native and drought-resistant plant species that reduce irrigation requirements
·    Locally sources slate and bricks
·    Bike racks, bus route, locker rooms, and shower facilities that encourage alternative transportation for students.

The Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary, the second oldest college in the United States, has both strong undergraduate and graduate programs.  One out of every six undergraduate students at the college is a business major.  Graduate curricula include traditional, flexible and executive MBA programs.  Mason graduates are equipped with an arsenal of business tools to help them compete in today’s ever-changing economy.  True to its heritage, Mason continues to focus on revolutionizing business education, beginning with its new sustainable home, Alan B. Miller Hall, symbolizing an appropriate beginning for Mason’s forward-thinking approach.

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