Three years ago, Macalester College decided to build a new home for its Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC), a program that educates students to become global citizen leaders.  The building, Markim Hall, which was named for Mark and Kim Stricker, was designed to attain LEED Platinum certification as a way of reflecting the program's commitment to global leadership.  Currently, there are 12 college campus buildings in the country that have achieved platinum-level certification, and Markim Hall is one of only two campus buildings in Minnesota designed to earn LEED Platinum certification. 

At a cost of $7.5 million, the 17,000 square foot building houses the IGC classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, and civic engagement study abroad and international programs.

The open atrium is for campus events and features an original bronze bust of former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, who graduated from Macalester College in 1961.  While the hall opens this summer, the official dedication and campus-wide convocation will be on October 1, 2009. 


The current energy simulations predict that Markim Hall will use 80% less energy than a standard building in the same climate.  Sustainable features include:

  • Triple-glazed, low-e glass windows on the north, east, and west facades to prevent heat loss; south facing windows are double-glazed in order to collect more sunlight in the winter months and reduce heating costs. 
  • Super insulated building envelope, walls have R-40 insulation (as opposed to R-22, as required by code) and the roof has an R-70 rating (building code is R-13).
  • Hydronic heating and cooling in ceiling panels and a radiant floor in the atrium.
  • Low flow faucets and and plumbing fixtures that reduce water use to 45% less than a typical, code-compliant building. 
  • A drop off area but no parking to reduce car trips while also promoting the use of local bus lines.
  • Floor tiles made from recycled porcelain, glass tiles made from recycled bottles, window sills made from recycled newspapers, and cabinetry made from recycled sunflower seed husk. 
  • Native or adaptive plants and no permanent irrigation system on site. 
  • Carbon offsets purchased to cover heating, cooling, and electrical consumption. 





Markim Hall was designed by Bruner/Cott & Associates and built by McGough Companies.  Markim Hall has won a Building of America Award and is scheduled to be featured in the upcoming Green Building of America-Midwest Green edition publication.

Photo credits: Macalester College