The future of UD business education starts to take shape
Behind Braniff Graduate Building, near the site where the Dominican priory once stood, SB Hall will begin to take shape later this year. As UD’s founders once envisioned, this new home of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business will extend the campus’ academic core beyond what is now its northernmost point.
Building upon this idea from the past, SB Hall will be part of a vision for UD’s future, serving to emphasize the value UD places on its students with a student-centered, state-of-the-art facility. It will be a combination of interdisciplinary, flexible classrooms and public spaces, designed to nurture scholarly and social interaction and be inviting to current and future students, faculty, alumni and others in the business community for whom SB Hall will be a center of ideas and conversation.
SB Hall will reflect UD’s commitment to sustainability with a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. The building will be energy efficient both in the soaring temperatures of a Texas summer and in the winter when the thermometer dips below freezing. It will control light and solar heat gain, with ample daylight flooding most of the interior spaces, and will conserve water.
The overall concept of SB Hall is to be extremely modern and efficient but still match the architectural style of the other buildings along the core of the Braniff Mall. An abundance of windows will provide transparency both day and night, drawing those outside the building to the activity within.
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With a proposed gross square footage of 45,000, SB Hall’s design will aim for maximum efficiency in use of space while creating a welcoming “sense of place” for students. Perkins+Will Architects’ preliminary designs take full advantage of the site’s elevation to offer unhindered views of both the Las Colinas and Dallas skylines.