This week, Sasaki principal Fiske Crowell, FAIA, is attending the annual sustainability conference held by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB).
"Business schools are emerging as one of the most fertile environments for researching and expanding the knowledge of sustainability in our culture," says Fiske, who is a regular attendee of the conference. While this notion is often focused on the instructional and curriculum development considerations necessary to educate students to work effectively in their future roles as business leaders, it is also an opportunity for the school to manifest its aspirations and commitment to sustainability in a visible—and operational—manner through the exhibition of green design strategies and energy conservation commitments within its new facility.
Sustainably designed campuses and facilities can be a recruitment tool for potential students, and an educational tool for existing students. "Tomorrow's leaders are interested in how well buildings use energy and materials in their construction and operation," says Fiske. "And our work goes even further—we address all aspects of the built environment to achieve sustainable solutions, from the earliest stages with master plans for new and existing communities to the complete design of buildings and landscapes."
The Gallagher Hall and Conference Center complex is sited at the highly public, south edge of the campus, directly across from the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Complementing...