First building constructed by the state of Connecticut that will be Net Zero Energy (NZE) in terms of its carbon footprint.

The new School of Business building gives off as much energy as it takes in. Solar panels added to the Lot 9 area on lower Farnham Avenue will help generate 90 percent of the building’s needs, supplemented by a below-ground geothermal field at the rear of the construction site.

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At a Glance

The Business Success Center offers designated locations for employers to meet with and interview Southern students, as well as programs dedicated to supporting students with their job searches and career planning.

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Construction Team


Oak Park Architects, LLC (OPA,llc), located in West Hartford, Conn., is a comprehensive architectural practice with projects in Connecticut, New York, and the Greater New England area. Founded in 1984, the firm has been offering a full range of architectural and planning services, including feasibility studies, architectural design, interior design, construction document preparation, budget preparation, and contract administration. The practice’s 30-year portfolio includes housing, education, office, medical, commercial and industrial buildings and complexes.


For more than 60 years, Sasaki has brought together the best of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, civil engineering, graphic design, place branding, and data science to shape their clients’ needs. Out of their Boston, Denver, and Shanghai offices they are defining the contours of place and redefining what’s possible along the way. Today they are a diverse practice of 300 professionals who share a singular passion for creating spaces and places around the world that prove human potential.

Construction Manager

Founded in 1947, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Wethersfield, Conn., is an American international technical professional services firm. The company provides technical, professional, and construction services, as well as scientific and specialty consulting for a broad range of clients globally, including companies, organizations, and government agencies. Jacobs has consistently ranked No. 1 on both Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s 2018/2019/2020 Top 500 Design Firms and Trenchless Technology’s 2018/2019 Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Firms.