The Kellogg School of Management‘s new Global Hub has opened at Northwestern University. Designed by KPMB Architects, the 103-foot-high, 410,000-square-foot building contains flexible classrooms and common spaces, and can accommodate any teaching style or requirement. Office layout and locations promote cross-functional connection and collaboration, while its emphasis on green technology and energy conservation ensures the building’s long-term sustainability and efficiency.
The complex is comprised of four separate buildings linked by a central atrium, allowing for what Bruce Kuwabara, founding partner of KPMB Architects, calls “connected neighbourhoods of academic teaching and research.”
“This building is going to send a big message about the future of education, especially within management institutions,” Kuwabara said. “You don’t want to be just another business school; you want to set the standard, and that’s what Kellogg has done.”
The Global Hub is also one of the most eco-friendly facilities on campus, on track for LEED Gold Certification thanks to a geothermal field for heating and cooling needs, triple-glazed exterior windows for more efficient heating and cooling, automated window shades for sun and shade control, low flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water, and a ground water reservoir for landscape irrigation.
“This building represents everything that Kellogg stands for – an ethos of collaboration, grounded wisdom and pioneering vision,” says Sally Blount, dean of the Kellogg School of Management. “It speaks to our ability to create an environment – physical, emotional, cultural – that can attract, shape and catalyze an unparalleled global community of courageous and collaborative leaders.”