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$55M business administration building to open in 2016

By Joe Atmonavage

Calvin Hall, the College of Business Administration’s current home, could fit in the atrium of the college’s new 155,000-square-foot building set to open in July 2016.

The new College of Business Administration building, under construction on Lovers Lane, will give the college much-needed classroom space. Currently, two-thirds of business classes are not in Calvin Hall, said Stacy Kovar, associate dean for academic programs.

“The number-one reason for a new building is the need for classroom space,” she said.

The $55 million building will feature a 250-seat lecture hall, three 80-person classrooms, 13 additional 50-person classrooms, a financial research lab and more than 40 study rooms. Calvin Hall currently has nine classrooms and no study rooms, interim dean Kevin Gwinner said.

Of the dozen or so major building projects under way right now at K-State, the business administration is among the biggest and most expensive.

Mark George, the project manager, said the building will be “state-of-the-art” and thinks it will help the college compete with other business schools.

“In order to attract the best and the brightest, this will definitely be a state-of-the-art facility that will attract and retain their constituent base,” George said.

Gwinner said the new building will help the college take the next step.

“It has so many unique spaces in it,” he said. “I think is really going to transform our ability to deliver our programs.”

A permanent dean will be announced in the summer of 2016 before the building opens.

One of the programs that will benefit from the opening of the new building is the entrepreneurship program.

“The way we have it designed today, we are going to allow entrepreneurs from the community and the state to come in and co-office with our student entrepreneurs,” Chad Jackson, the K-State center for the advancement of entrepreneurship director, said.

“They will work along our student entrepreneurs and mentor them. For our students, it is going to be a great resource to start their businesses from that facility and get access to all different kinds of resources to start their company.

The building will allow for a lot more interaction among students, faculty and K-State’s business partners, Kovar said. Kovar said students will get experiences to prepare them for life after graduation.

“Our new building is giving our students a go-to place to enjoy—a hands-on learning environment and interaction with our business partners,” she said.

Kovar thinks the new building will provide the resources to push their careers to the next level.

“I think it is the difference between a great career and an outstanding career,” she said.

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