William McDonough + Partners has designed a new 20,000 sq m academic building for the Universidad EAN in the urban core of Bogotá, Colombia, in the El Nogal district. The project is adjacent to a building completed in 2012, on the main campus of the university. Guided by the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework, the design reflects the high environmental aspirations of the client, and is targeted to achieve a LEED Gold rating.
Ten floors of above grade facilities provide physical and biological sciences laboratories, classrooms, administrative offices, and seminar rooms. Special function rooms including a cafeteria, indoor basketball court, exercise gymnasium, and an auditorium seating 500 people. A large ground level plaza sixth floor exterior terrace provide connectivity to nature, and the mild Colombian climate. Two levels of parking are provided below grade.
The defining element of the design is a sun shade constructed using William McDonough’s WonderFrame™ technology. Perforated coloured shade panels within the space frame structure block glare and allow views. Glazing was chosen both for energy effectiveness and high acoustic control. Energy, water, and resource use are optimized. The use of natural ventilation is facilitated through solar chimneys which draw air through the building and exhaust it at the roof. In addition to climate responsiveness, building materials have been considered for human and ecological health. The project is being viewed as a catalyst to accelerate the integration of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products into the Colombian building sector.
EAN is known primarily as a business school, offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in finance, modern languages, environmental sustainability, and physical sciences engineering. There is a strong focus on entrepreneurship a focus in expanding the curriculum around Cradle to Cradle® and Circular Economy principles.