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CASE STUDY:
U OF M ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS FACILITIES ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

Project: U of M Ross School of Business
Owner: University of Michigan
Architect: Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC
Prime Contractor: Gilbane/Clark Joint Venture
Project Manager: Tim Shaw
Project Foreman: Craig Theros
Completed: November 2008

The Ross School of Business is a 280,000-square-foot, six-story multi-purpose building. It features a 24,000-square-foot, three-story glass roofed winter garden, twelve tiered U-shaped classrooms, many group study rooms, four floors of faculty offices and a 500-seat auditorium. Housing both the BBA and MBA business programs, this facility offers plenty of social spaces and lounges.

The Ross School of Business is a LEED Silver-certified facility. To accomplish this, Shaw Electric’s biggest challenge was to combine a variety of lighting-control systems while providing natural light wherever possible.

Faculty offices, as well as other areas, are equipped with occupancy sensors. The classrooms, auditorium and winter garden use a dimming system that reacts to ambient light levels. Corridors and other common areas have a low-voltage lighting-control system that is controlled by both time clocks and occupancy sensors.

The glass-roofed winter garden required a unique lighting system. Column-mounted flood lights were aimed at shaped mirrors positioned in the space frame below the glass roof, reflecting and diffusing the light back down into the winter garden. The corridors were lighted with 7,000 feet of custom linear cove lighting installed in the solid wood cove to be practically invisible to the casual observer.

Shaw Electric used pre-fabricated receptacle and switch assemblies throughout the building, particularly in the typical faculty office areas. In keeping with the LEED initiative, this building’s two outdoor natural gas generators are controlled by load-shedding software to reduce emissions.

The building uses the most current audio-visual technology. The classrooms and auditorium feature video cameras and instant lecture-capture abilities. The classrooms and group study rooms have plasma screens for use by the students.

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