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DATE: Wednesday, March 22
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
WHAT: Opening of Crotty Hall, new net-zero-energy home of the economics department
WHERE: Crotty Hall, 412 North Pleasant St., Amherst
The Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will formally open Crotty Hall, a 16,800-square-foot academic building housing 35 offices and four conference rooms.
Designed by architect Sigrid Miller-Pollin of the Architecture Department and built with a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor, the building is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes and is the first net-zero building on campus.
Scheduled speakers include:
- Kumble Subbaswamy, UMass Amherst chancellor
- Sigrid Miller Pollin, architect
- Michael Ash, economics department chairman
- Members of the skilled trades who worked on the building
- James Crotty, professor of economics emeritus
- Pamela Crotty, UMass Amherst alumnus and registered nurse
There will be a brief presentation about the building’s energy conservation and production features followed by a tour of the rooftop solar panels and energy systems in the basement.