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UMD Grand Opening for $23 Million
The environmental “Green Building” is awarded Gold
LEED Certification and it is the first new LEED Certified academic building
At the grand opening event Joel Labovitz said, “We wish the best
of experiences, the best education, to anyone who has anything to do with
this school; now and forever." He went on to talk about his family's
connection to Duluth and UMD. " Our name has been associated with
Duluth since 1907, when the Labovitz family first arrived in the city.
Today, of all of those years, is the best day of all."
Having won the Gold Award in LEED certification--the Labovitz School of Business and Economics is the first new higher education building in the state of Minnesota to be a LEED certified “green building”. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a “green building” rating system established by the United States Green Building Council. The Labovitz School is totally designed to meet LEED certification--a rigorous process that evaluates the environmental sustainability of building design, construction and operation.
The LEED checklist concerns five major areas:
Sharon and Joel Labovitz have donated eight original paintings from
their personal art collection. The large works--reaching four to
six feet--are displayed throughout the building, adding a dramatic flare
to the modern, open spaces of the school. The artist, Dr. Harold
Adams, is a personal friend of the Labovitz family. (See below for
a profile about Adams entitled “Art As Life”.)
Written by Susan Beasy Latto
ART AS LIFE
Dr. Harold Adams practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 30 years. When he was given a diagnosis the doctors believed was terminal – Hepatitis B, he chose to retire and spend the remainder of his life pursuing painting. He attended classes at Macalester College and then Hamline University, where the head of the art department suggested he go to graduate school. At Hamline, Adams developed what has become a lifelong friendship with Anne Labovitz and her family. Anne is the daughter of Sharon and Joel.
In 1991, at the age of 69, he entered the studio arts master’s program at the University of Minnesota from which he graduated with honors. Adams chronicled his painful journey with Hepatitis B through his art. “He just buried his head in his painting,” describes Anne. And then, doctors discovered the disease miraculously went away. He, and his friends and colleagues, believe that art literally saved his life.
In 2002, he had an exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum. The museum now has numerous works by Adams in its permanent collection. Adams’ work is characterized by his continual experimentation with unusual techniques, which have been described as almost surgical procedures. If it has been done before, he is not interested. One technique is the application of numerous coats of paint, which he sands and re-sands. He then collects the dust from the floor and reapplies it as additional layers.
Adams considers his paintings a diary of his life. “They are as natural as eating, and as necessary.”
To honor Sharon and Joel Labovitz, Adams has donated a number of his paintings to the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. The paintings will hang throughout the building.
“Dr. Adams’ paintings are remarkable and will make a great addition to the building. They also have an inspirational and exploratory nature to them, which can be a positive influence in the lives of these students as they search for knowledge and meaning,” says Anne.
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