Home of the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary (one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher learning), Alan B. Miller Hall has received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC.
Seen as the western gateway to campus, Miller Hall—designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects—features a
multitude of collaborative learning spaces, including:
11 classrooms, two 24-seat seminar rooms, a 4,000-square-foot multi-purpose room with seating for 400, an electronic trading room/classroom for financial markets courses, an enhanced business library, and a communications laboratory.
While the aesthetics of the building reference the past, the new Mason School of Business
features the latest in high-performance design principles and practices. The building is the first on the William and Mary campus to receive LEED Gold certification.
The certification was based on six categories: water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainable site design and development, innovative design process, energy design, and use of materials and resources.
In building Miller Hall, the Mason School of Business:
- Reduces potable water usage by 32.9 percent
(compared to a typical, similar sized building)
- Uses 23.5 percent less energy when compared to a similar sized building
- Captures rainwater runoff in an underground cistern and uses it for irrigation
- Restored nearly 71 percent of the site with
planted native or adaptive species (previously, the site of Miller Hall was a parking lot)
"The Mason School of Business presented
us with a wonderful and daunting challenge: to meet the high expectations of a forward-looking institution while respecting the great architectural
heritage of the William and Mary campus," explains Graham Wyatt, AIA, partner-in-charge of the project at Robert A.M. Stern Architects. "We are convinced that sustainable design is compatible with all types of architectural expression—in short, that sustainability is not a style—and with Miller Hall we have demonstrated that today's values can be integrated successfully into the traditions of a great university."