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Carnegie Mellon completes $3.3M addition to business school

Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business has completed as 4,700-square-foot, three-story addition.

Designed by Friendship/Garfield-based EDGE studio, the $3.3 million addition includes a new accessible entrance on the west side of the building, a first-floor undergraduate student lounge (with floor-to-ceiling windows and a flat-screen TV), eight faculty offices (all with outward-facing windows) and a technologically advanced conference center and seminar space. Intended for Tepper academic and social events, this top floor space can be divided by a movable partition, and can accommodate up to 100 people.

"By adding more space for the undergraduates and faculty, it's alleviating some of the stress from all over the building, and opening up new possibilities for Ph.D. students," says Jonathan Golli with EDGE studio. "Sometimes Tepper would have to go outside the complex to hold classes and seminars because the rooms would be booked up. With this additional space, they can accommodate their needs right in the Tepper building."

The addition is a precursor to the comprehensive reorganization and renovation of the second and third floors of the adjacent structure, part of a master plan for the Tepper School also being completed by EDGE studio.

The addition broke ground last fall, was completed in July 2009 and has been occupied by faculty and students since classes began in late August. The contractor was Jendoco Construction Corporation, and Andrew Bajuszik served as project manager.

The addition was designed to meet LEED Gold standards. Eco-friendly features include: lots of natural light; efficient light fixtures with occupancy controls and dual-level switching that supplement the natural daylight; automatic blinds that reduce heat load and glare; and an infiltration pit that controls stormwater.

The addition's gray exterior stands out from the yellow brick of the original Tepper building--not unlike the gray exterior of the Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies, a $98.6 million complex dedicated in September.

The Tepper School of Business consistently ranks among the top business schools in the world. In 2007, the Wall Street Journal ranked the Tepper School No. 5 among the top MBA programs in the U.S., and the undergraduate program has been ranked a Top Ten business program by U.S. News & World Report for several consecutive years.

Writer: Caralyn Green
Source: Jonathan Golli, EDGE studio

Photograph courtesy of EDGE studio

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