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Darla Moore School of Business


Our Building

Designed by world-renowned Rafael Viñoly Architects of New York and drawing on extensive input from students, faculty, staff and the business community about how space can be configured to optimize business education, the $106.5 million building rivals the most advanced learning atmospheres and sustainable business practices in the world.  

Hub for Education, Business and Engagement

With its many sustainable features, the building is targeting LEED Platinum certification, making it a model for sustainable architecture and sustainable business practices. Its open and flexible design facilitates enhanced interaction and collaboration among faculty and students and makes the building an inviting hub for education, business and community engagement.

In these and other ways, the building is a physical embodiment of the Moore School’s commitment to forward-thinking leadership for the business community.

Levels

First Floor: The Learning Level

Undergraduate and graduate classes in the Moore School are held on the first floor learning level, which features a 500-seat lecture and performance hall, a 250-seat lecture hall and 29 additional classrooms of varying sizes. This level includes classrooms in eight different configurations to allow for maximum flexibility to meet a variety of teaching needs. Large skylights provide ample natural light from the Charles S. Way Jr. Palmetto Court, so that the learning level feels airy and bright.

Created in collaboration with the USC School of Music, the 500-seat W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall is the centerpiece of the learning level. Featuring state-of-the-art technology and outstanding acoustics, it serves as a classroom by day and performance space in the evenings.

Second Floor: The Greene Street Level

Featuring a welcome center, a cafe, a computer lab, a graduate lounge, the Dr. Olin S. Pugh Trading Room, with its colorful stock ticker that can be seen from Greene Street, the SCANA Study Commons, the Charles S. Way Jr. Palmetto Court and multiple public and private spaces designed for collaborative learning, the Moore School’s second level offers ample space for students, faculty, staff and members of the business community to come together and share ideas, strategies and perspectives.

This level is also home to the Moore School’s Office of Career Management and Center for Business Communication.

Third Floor: The Staff and Administration Level

Take one of the grand staircases located on either side of the Charles S. Way Jr. Palmetto Court up one level and you’ll find yourself on the Moore School’s staff and administration level, which houses the school’s deans, undergraduate and graduate divisions, and other staff offices.

The Daniel-Mickel Center for Executive Education is also located on the third floor, as well as eight large conference rooms. Notable features of the Daniel-Mickel Center include a working lounge, two conference rooms, two reconfigurable classrooms and two tiered classrooms that use the latest telepresence technology to connect members of
the Moore School community with business leaders and business students across the globe.

Fourth Floor: The Faculty Level

Outstanding scholarship and thought leadership often occur when faculty collaborate across disciplinary boundaries. The faculty level of the Moore School is designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration by placing all seven academic departments adjacent to each other on one floor.

Bright, airy offices, ergonomic chairs and desks that can be adjusted so users can work standing up or sitting down all contribute to a work environment optimized for comfort and productivity. Ten meeting rooms and two open meeting areas provide ample collaborative space. Workspace is also available for up to 70 Ph.D. students and 50 part-time faculty and full-time professional academic staff.

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the fourth floor is the green rooftop of the Sonoco Pavilion. The rooftop provides a large outdoor space in which faculty can gather to collaborate within or among departments or to work with staff and members of the business community.

Fifth Floor: The Rooftop Pavilion

Thanks to a number of green features designed to enhance the building’s sustainability, the rooftop level also provides inviting space for meetings, events and entertainment. A rooftop pavilion and more than 15,000 square feet of open terrace offer sweeping views of Columbia’s downtown.

Most striking of all is the rooftop landscaping. Approximately 44,400 perennials and annuals not only literally make the roof green, they also absorb light and heat, resulting in significant energy savings.

Sustainable Design for Sustainable Business

Hundreds of individual green features throughout the building combine to create significant energy efficiencies and environmentally responsible business practices.

The building allows the Moore School to extend its definition of sustainability beyond environmental stewardship to include a healthier work and learning environment. All materials used in construction of the building — including materials like adhesives, sealants and composite woods that often contain harsh chemicals — met stringent standards designed to preserve indoor air quality. Higher-than-average levels of filtration limit building inhabitants’ exposure to the chemicals found in cleaning products. All paints and coatings used throughout the building met strict environmental safety standards as well.

Examples of sustainable practices:

  • Light-colored materials on the roof, terraces and site reduce the heat island effect, resulting in less need for heating and cooling.
  • Plants that are native to the local climate reduce water requirements and maintenance, and green roofs absorb rain water and reduce the accumulation of heat inside the building.
  • Ample bicycle storage makes it easier for members of the Moore School community to cycle to campus instead of driving.
  • An extensive rainwater capture system reuses water for irrigation and efficient plumbing fixtures reduce potable water consumption.
  • Monitoring outdoor air delivery into the building ensures fresh air for occupants. The HVAC system uses demand control ventilation, which directs more air to areas of the building currently in use while maintaining basic air quality in vacant areas.
  • Upper floors shade the lower floors to reduce air conditioning requirements in hot weather, while hundreds of windows and skylights let in natural
    light to reduce the need for artificial light in many areas.
  • Lighting systems use occupancy sensors to power down systems when areas are not in use.
  • An estimated 75-90 percent of the waste produced during construction was recycled, and more than 30 percent of building materials contain recycled content.
  • More than 30 percent of the building materials were locally sourced from area businesses, and wood used in the construction came from certified sustainable forest operations.