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Mills College Receives LEED Gold Certification for Business School

Oakland, CA–April 20, 2010. Mills College is proud to announce that it has turned its most recent green building into gold. The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business building was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Opened in 2009, the Lokey Graduate School of Business was the second Mills College facility to meet rigorous standards as a LEED facility. Mills' Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building received a platinum rating in 2007, becoming the first building in Oakland to earn this distinction.

The Business School facility was designed by Peter Bohlin, recent recipient of the coveted Gold Medal for 2009 from the American Institute of Architects. His award-winning architectural firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, is known for their designs of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville and high-profile Apple stores around the world.

The contemporary design of the Lokey Graduate School of Business building brings a new aesthetic to the historic Mills campus. Its design consciously extends the College's commitment to sustainability to encompass educational and aesthetic priorities.

The building's entrance opens onto a high-ceilinged lobby featuring a vibrant red conference room that appears to be suspended from above—a feat of engineering genius that seems to defy the laws of gravity.

"When you enter the building, the architectural ingenuity of that room instantly inspires students to believe anything is possible," said Renée Jadushlever, vice president for operations. "It's an idea that is not just applicable to construction engineering but is also firmly rooted in our commitment to teaching social responsibility."

Classrooms and meeting spaces were designed to encourage collaboration, the hallmark of the Mills MBA Program—the first program in the West designed to prepare women for business leadership. The Gathering Hall, a dramatic lecture hall that flanks the building, hosts lectures from Mills' Center for Socially Responsible Business.

The building incorporates natural, textural elements such as Douglas fir, corrugated zinc shingles, expanses of glass, and a massive quartzite stone wall. One of the facility's most striking sustainable features is a living green roof planted with drought-tolerant plants which helps offset rainwater runoff, improves indoor comfort, and significantly decreases energy use.

Additional features include energy-efficient, radiant-heated floors; an evaporative cooling system; and the use of low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints. The facility's iris pond which collects rainwater for reuse, coupled with efficient plumbing fixtures, saves approximately 100,000 gallons of water each year. It is anticipated that the 28,500-square-foot, state-of-the art building will realize an energy cost savings of nearly 22 percent annually.  

About Mills College

Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 550 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is named one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and ranks as one of the Best 371 Colleges by The Princeton Review. Forbes.com ranked Mills 55th among America's best colleges and named it a "Top Ten: Best of the All-Women's Colleges." Visit us at www.mills.edu.

Quynh Tran
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Last Updated: 2/27/17