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New Hariri Building Puts Business on Display

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September 17, 2009 – McDonough School of Business students, faculty and staff celebrated the official opening of the new 179,000-square-foot Rafik B. Hariri Building with a Sept. 16 ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremony.

The new $82.5 million facility features 15 classrooms, 34 breakout rooms, 15 conference rooms, 11 interview rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, two large lounges and 120 faculty offices. Student spaces include data ports, flat-screen monitors and videoconferencing capabilities that allow for global connectivity.

“This building is both beautiful and functional. It provides great learning and teaching spaces for students and faculty and will allow us to connect better with external communities,” said George Daly, dean of the business school.

Philanthropy Makes New Building Possible

Georgetown began construction of the new facility in March 2006, funding the building through major gifts from alumni, including a $20 million gift from Saad Hariri (B’92), the recent prime minister-designate of Lebanon. The building bears the name of his late Rafik B. Hariri, a two-time prime minister of Lebanon and noted philanthropist and advocate of education.

“This is the first major building on campus to be funded entirely by investments from our community,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “This is very much in the tradition of Georgetown. It’s the generosity, leadership and vision of our community throughout the world that helps ensure that we sustain our heritage, our mission and, of course, our academic excellence.”

Georgetown Business Goes Green

A blend of stone masonry and steel combined with a panoramic glass pavilion make up the buildings architecture. A soaring glass atrium provides literal transparency of students’ business school education – putting business on display, university officials said.

Daly and his executive team worked closely with Boston-based architectural firm Goody Clancy as well as Whiting-Turner Contracting Company to create an environmentally friendly building. The lighting system is expected to provide 15 percent in energy savings, and the building also features water-efficient plumbing and landscaping and recycled materials from local companies. The university and school plan to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification this fall.

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