A purpose-built city campus building of the Karachi School for Business & Leadership is located at Stadium Road, Karachi, Pakistan, on a prestigious 3 acre site owned by The Dawood Foundation. It is in close proximity to other institutions of higher learning such as the Aga Khan University Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College. The Dawood Foundation – KSBL City Campus comprises of 112,000 square feet of constructed area including a basement car park and is designed to accommodate up to 325 students. It comprises of horse-shoe style lecture theatres to facilitate the case study teaching method, seminar rooms, breakout rooms, meeting rooms, cafeteria, a library and a fully equipped auditorium. The campus has been fitted with the latest technology to allow real-time distance teaching.
The campus building embodies the principles of passive energy efficient design and benefits from natural light optimization throughout; more than 70% of the rooms have natural lighting. The building also uses passive ventilation methods such as ventilation shafts to reduce the amount of energy expanded by mechanical air transfers. Interior lighting uses LED fixtures where possible, which are 40% more efficient than conventional lighting. The building exterior has locally available sandstone as cladding material with locally produced Sindh tiles providing the facade.
The design concept for the campus building has been developed by William McDonough + Partners (WM+P), a U.S.-based architectural firm known as a pioneer in the sustainable design movement. Founder William McDonough is a winner of three presidential awards and has been cited in Time magazine as “changing the design of the world”. WM+P has designed projects such as the NASA Sustainability Base in California and the American University School of International Service in Washington DC, USA. The local design resource is being provided by AMQ Associates who have vast experience in designing educational institutions in Pakistan.