Degenkolb designed the structure of a new classroom and office building for the business school and university including a 300-seat lecture hall. The building features a dramatic four-story entrance atrium with a curved multi-story staircase. The south-facing entryway is clad with one of the largest solar glass curtain walls in the Northwest. The barrel vaulted roof is designed with tree-like columns supporting a curved, circular skylight at the top. With exposed structural steel and expansive windows, the design team was faced with many challenges. Close collaboration among the design team members was recognized by Building Design and Construction Magazine’s annual Design Team Awards. This project, completed in October 2003, won the Silver award. The university expects to save 800,000 kW hours a year, equivalent to $52,000 in utility costs, with a 20-year payback on the green technologies.