University of Minnesota ~ Labovitz School of Business and Economics

Duluth, Minnesota


The new 65,000 sq. ft. three-story building provides faculty, administrative and student support offices, general purpose classrooms, specialized academic teaching laboratory spaces and a large lecture hall. Conference rooms and student gathering/study space is also available. The building also has a partial basement and a subgrade connection into the existing campus concourse system.

Exterior materials include precast concrete, aluminum and insulated glass curtain walls and weathering steel cladding. The building structural system includes two air handling units with heat recovery, connections to the campus steam and chilled water systems, VAV air distribution with reheat coils and perimeter radiation. New electrical and telecommunications systems are included in the project. The project included utility work, earthwork, a relocation of Kirby Drive and a temporary road to maintain campus traffic.

NC – LEED® Gold Certified Features

  • Increased building insulation thickness to reduce summer cooling and winter heating loads
  • Low emissive (low-e) glass and a thermally broken curtain wall will further reduce summer heating and winter cooling
  • Construction waste management specified to mandate reuse or recycling of 75 percent of construction waste
  • Surface storm water management system with sand and native plant filtration Water efficient plumbing features
  • Specification for 50 percent of wood products used in the project to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council Use of occupancy and daylight sensors for lighting controls Use of occupancy sensors for HVAC controls Sensible heat recovery in the HVAC system

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SJA (Architect of Record), Perkins+Will (Design)

Boldt's Role

General Contractor

Key Points

  • This is a certified LEED NC – Gold project.