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  • New business facility at Illinois blends instruction, sustainability

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      The Business Instructional Facility is the first "green" building in the university's 141-year-old history.

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      The building, encompassing about 160,000 square feet, seeks to ease the mounting load on the environment, with energy-saving features that include solar panels to help power the building, roof plantings that provide insulation and reduce water runoff, and a unique, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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      "It seems like a clich because it's in the name, but this is an instructional facility," said interim dean Larry DeBrock. "There's a lot of room in there for students to grow intellectually and there's a lot of room for student interactions. It's going to be a great place for graduates and undergraduates to essentially call home."

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      Avijit Ghosh, U. of I. vice president of technology and economic development and a former dean of the College of Business, said the college wants their students to graduate with a "perspective about their role and responsibilities in society."

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