The 55,000 SF Irving Institute for Energy and Society will house a newly created academic institute dedicated to the issues of energy and society. Energy issues are among the greatest global challenges facing modern society, affecting all aspects of human welfare and knowledge, including science and technology, the natural environment, economic development, social equality, geopolitics, international trade, and global business and markets. The institute is being created to respond to these concerns utilizing four primary focus areas: Business/Economics, Engineering/Technology, Environmental Studies, and Geopolitics. The institute will employ an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, with knowledge and tools from diverse disciplines. The new building will include classroom and conference spaces, administrative spaces, laboratories, a café and building support spaces for 80-90 academic and administrative full-time staff. It will connect to Murdough Hall with an atrium or enclosed walkway. Dartmouth envisions marrying forward-thinking, aspirational architecture with superior energy effciency and sustainable design elements for a building that is best-in-class for its time. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2019.