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A Place for New Ideas, Collaboration and Learning

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    Model of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

    Green rooftop, geothermal heating and chilled beam cooling make energy sense for new building

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    Micron College of Business and Economics Building

    Named after Boise-based company and one of the leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions

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    Jackson Common

    Ideal spot to meet classmates by the fireplace or grab a coffee and sandwich at Simplot Cafe

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    Skaggs Hall of Learning

    A 250-seat lecture hall is a signature location for classes, public speakers and community events

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    Spectacular Bird’s-Eye View

    The 119,000-square-foot facility anchors the corner of Capital Boulevard and University Drive

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    Open for Business

    New five-story, $28 million business and economics building officially opens in August 2012

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    Boise’s Hometown University

    One of the nation's fastest-growing high-tech cities in the nation and home to several corporate headquarters

The new home for the College of Business and Economics is a western gateway to campus at University Drive and Capitol Boulevard. Rising four stories, the 118,890 square-foot-building emphasizes student learning, business-relevant research and community collaboration. It incorporates cutting-edge technology and is designed to adapt easily and cost-effectively as new technologies emerge.

The Micron Business and Economics Building features adaptable classrooms, team rooms, designated areas for research and collaboration, a 250-seat lecture hall, financial trading room, an executive 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.

Micron College of Business and EconomicsBy incorporating geothermal energy for heating and ample natural light to reduce electrical consumption, the 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. Along with the new building, the College of Business and Economics is rolling out a redesign of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) offerings to create three tracks — a unique full-time MBA program to help recent graduates enter the work force, a part-time evening program to help working professionals create career options, and continuation of the highly successful Executive MBA program.

“It is a building for the community, a place to collaborate, to expand thinking and to generate new ideas,” says College of Business and Economics Dean Patrick Shannon. “But most importantly, this building is a place for our students to learn.”

The building’s $28.8 million cost was covered with a $12 million lead gift from Micron and more than 1,000 additional private gifts, along with bond proceeds to be repaid with student strategic facilities fees.

It is one of 17 major building projects on campus in the past several years that have resulted in a 25 percent increase in classroom, laboratory, office, event and common area space.

A Day in the Life of a Building

It’s what’s inside that counts. College of Business and Economics Dean Patrick Shannon lays out a day in the life of the new Micron Business and Economics Building:

  • Students and visitors arrive from the east through a beautiful courtyard, complete with tables, benches and greenery.
  • Some students stop at a park bench or table to enjoy the sunny morning and to review their notes before heading to class.
  • Others head into the Jackson Commons to meet up with classmates by the fireplace and to grab a coffee or sandwich at the Simplot Café.
  • Several students turn into the Murilaga Student Services Center to meet with their peer advisers or with one of many companies who are interviewing COBE majors in the interview rooms
  • Visitors from the business community go to the Idaho Small Business Development Center or TechHelp for advice.Micron College of Business and Economics
  • A few students head directly to their marketing class in a beautifully designed case style room with the latest and greatest in technology.
  • Another group of students and visitors head into the Skaggs Hall of Learning, a 250-seat facility, to attend the COBE Distinguished Speakers Series.
  • Others head up to the second floor to the Dykman Trading Room to complete transactions for the day on the stock portfolio managed by Boise State finance students.
  • Still others locate classmates and go to one of 29 team rooms where they will work together in groups on class projects and assignments.
  • MBA and graduate students head to the fourth floor for classes in case style rooms equipped with the latest in technology.
  • Oh, and don’t forget that COBE is hosting an Idaho CEO conference in the Williams Board room on the fourth floor with lunch served on the outdoor terrace.