Berg Instructional Center Earns ABBY Award
By Robyn Johnson
The Berg Instructional Center (BIC) has received Buildings magazine's Grand Prize ABBY (America's Best Buildings of the Year) Award. The ABBY awards celebrate design and operational excellence in commercial and institutional facilities. Only three projects received the prestigious Grand Prize this year.
The 477,000 square-foot center is the main hub of the College's teaching and learning, with 100 classrooms, laboratories, and faculty and departmental offices. Also included in this project was the renovation and construction of the new 85,000 square-foot Student Services Center designed to connect the BIC and adjacent Student Resource Center. The SSC provides one-stop student services through Campus Central and serves as the College's new "front door."
The BIC's sustainable design approach has incorporated significant energy-reduction strategies targeting silver LEED certification standards. The three-year, $111 million project was funded by a 2002 capital referendum.
The BIC construction project also received a Bronze citation from the American School and University in the August 2012 Educational Interiors Showcase.