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Building For The Future: The New Leavey School of Business
Alumni and friends have committed more than half of the $40 million it will cost to construct a new business school building on campus. "It's gratifying to see our alumni investing in the continued vigor of the Leavey School of Business as a way of recognizing the value of their SCU degree," says Barry Z. Posner, dean of the school.
Once the campaign for the business school reaches its goal, SCU will hold an official groundbreaking. The building is scheduled to be completed within 18 months of the groundbreaking.
"A new building is crucial to our vision-to see the Leavey School of Business grow from a good school into a great one," Posner says. The plans for the new facility are well underway. Building planners have chosen the site at the entrance to the campus (behind the Arts and Sciences Building) and completed the exterior design. The City of Santa Clara has approved the initial building design, and the interior floor plan is being finalized.
The building's campus entrance from the Alameda mall incorporates a plaza embraced by a curved two-story façade, a contemporary interpretation of historical Italian and Spanish structures. Activities ranging from formal receptions to informal student gatherings will make this a vital extension of the new building.
Inside, the two-story atrium is designed to serve the school as a lively town square. "We're looking to create a community of scholars of our faculty and students by providing a central location where they can learn, argue, theorize, test, and grow in knowledge and practice," explains Posner. The space will feature a cyber-café, student services for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as plenty of breakout and meeting areas to be utilized informally by faculty and students for small group sessions. This central core is at the intersection of all major entry points in the building-from the central SCU campus on the Alameda Mall, from the eastern side, most easily accessible by evening students and visitors, and from Franklin Street.
Classrooms with flexible seating will allow for spontaneous discussions, role-playing and other dynamic teaching modes not currently available to faculty in Kenna Hall. In addition, the building provides needed executive education facilities, allowing for greater collaborative learning experiences between industry executives and business scholars. Classroom features include wireless network connections, multimedia projection screens, and videoconference capabilities as well. The most advanced wired and wireless technology will be used to enhance the learning environment throughout the entire building.
The building will serve as the new home for the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, one of four Centers of Distinction at SCU. In addition, for the first time, the Leavey School of Business Centers for Executive Development, Retail Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Food and Agribusiness will all be housed under one roof, allowing for greater interaction among students, faculty, and community leadership. Posner points to this centralization as one of the most important facets of the project. "Without question, bringing our faculty together in one building will enhance their scholarship and further Santa Clara University's influence on business practice in the future," he says.
For more information about the School of Business, see http://business.scu.edu/building/