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Duke CEO, wife give $4.1M to Queens University

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Jim Rogers and his wife, Mary Anne, are giving $4.1 million to Queens University of Charlotte to be used for a new science and health building, the university said today.

The 56,000-square-foot, $17.4 million building will bear their names.

The Rogers’ gift will help pay for more green features in the building, which the university said will earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification.

The building will feature a rooftop greenhouse, labs, classrooms and a “green wall” that will run along part of the exterior and be made of native North Carolina plants.

The Rogers Science and Health Building will house the university’s biology, chemistry, mathematics and environmental science programs and the administrative offices of Blair College of Health.

Construction of the building will begin in May, with the opening planned for the fall of 2012.

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