Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business

Mills College, Oakland, California

Mills College, located in Oakland, California, is an independent liberal arts institution dedicated to innovative learning and expanding opportunities for women. Founded in 1852, the campus is noted for a wealth of notable historic buildings and rich landscape heritage. In 2001, Mills introduced its first 4+1 BA/MBA degree program to encourage students to pursue professional study in business, where women are significantly underrepresented. The successful program and increased enrollments led to the development of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business (GSB). With an expanding curriculum, the school outgrew its initial space, a converted dormitory, and required a new building that would provide a state-of-the-art, dynamic, and personal learning environment concurrent with the school's mission to transcend boundaries for women.

Located at the symbolic gateway to the campus, the new 28,000 square foot building integrates innovative building technology with sustainability strategies to compliment Mills' legacy in environmental stewardship and leadership in social responsibility. Forward looking, yet respectful of its context, the L-shaped plan and southwest orientation fosters the conservation of historic green space and optimal sun exposure. The design highlights a new focal point that reinforces the campus core by encouraging impromptu interaction. The two-story building is organized along a deep indoor/outdoor porch covered by a living roof. Planted with drought tolerant succulents, the living roof offers the benefits of solar shading, water conservation and showcases the academic focus on social responsibility. Inside, the porch becomes the entry lobby and main circulation space connecting a series of informal break-out spaces, flexible teaching spaces, with the gathering hall. The second-floor consists of faculty and MBA suites overlooking the living roof which provide offices, meeting rooms and support services. The visible integration of sustainable solutions educates the occupants and results in measurable energy and cost saving benefits. By harvesting rainwater from the roofs, treating and recycling the water for flushing low flow toilet fixtures, baseline water consumption was reduced by 80%. Radiant heated flooring, operable windows, Low-E insulated glazing, and solar shading devices contribute to a 32% annual reduction in energy consumption. Concurrent with these features, the building has received the USGBC's LEED-NC v2.2 Gold Certification.


2011 Notable Award, SERVE Category
International Interior Design Association, Northern California Chapter
2011 Citation of Merit for Architectural Excellence
AIA Pennsylvania
2011 Green Good Design Awards
The European Center for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum
2011 Good Design is Good Business Awards
Architectural Record
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