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The campus community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Perdue Hall at a festive ribbon-cutting 2 p.m. Thursday, September 8, in the building's Atrium. President Janet Dudley-Eshbach welcomes members of the Perdue family and other dignitaries.
During its two years of construction, Perdue Hall has become a campus landmark. The three-story, $55 million project is a striking addition to the University’s changing skyline along Route 13. The new home of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business contains state-of-the-art technology and business laboratories; class, breakout and study rooms; offices and other meeting spaces, including a 200-seat auditorium.
Special features such as the Business Outreach Services Suite (BOSS) will strengthen the school’s involvement with the local business community. The Student Services Suite provides resources for the next generation of business leaders. The building also houses the Franklin P. Perdue Museum of Business and Entrepreneurship, one of the few campus-based business museums nationally.
Sustainably designed and constructed, Perdue Hall has several notable energy-saving features, including a geothermal climate control system that will help preserve the museum archive. Outside, four parking stations provide what may be the Eastern Shore’s first public electric vehicle chargers, according to manufacturers. The University is pursuing LEED Gold certification, the first for a new campus construction project.
A reception and tours follow the ceremony.