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■ Business Trends: BUSINESS SCHOOLS


Building and buzzing A


Schools across Virginia strive to accommodate increasing demand by Richard Foster


mid its ongoing $500 million construction and campus renovation cam-


paign, Liberty University will build a 78,000-square-foot home for its School of Business, to open by fall 2018.


Designed by Richmond firm


Glavé & Holmes Architecture, the new business school building will house an auditorium, its Center for Entrepreneurship, a trading room, the university’s information technology program and “gather- ing spaces not only for our students but for the business com- munity in the region,” says Liberty School of Business Dean Scott Hicks. “We want this


Hicks


to be a destination spot for them to come in and take advantage of using the facility and work with our students.” The building will stand where Religion


Hall now is located on Liberty’s Lynchburg campus. Its cost has not been finalized. Liberty’s business school isn’t alone in


making ambitious plans. The business of teaching business is booming these days at Virginia’s major universities, which are erecting buildings, starting new endeavors to encourage entrepreneurship and expanding degree programs.


New campus at Tech For example, Virginia Tech’s Pamplin


College of Business is building a new $225 million campus, to be called the Global Business and Analytics Complex. It will include two 100,000-square-foot academic buildings and two residence halls. Construction will begin in 2020


Rendering and photo of Sumichrast courtesy Virginia Tech


(on a site now occupied by parking lots) and is expected to be complete by 2023. Tech’s business school


enrollment has outgrown its old space at Pamplin Hall, which was built in 1957 and renovated in 1988, says Dean Robert Sumichrast. The new academic buildings will be conducive to active learn- ing and teamwork, he says, while the residential halls will house U.S. and foreign students and include an apartment for an international faculty member in residence. “This is a terrific asset for the university,” Sumichrast says. “Complementary causes came together that will give us resources to attract faculty and students interested in business


www.VirginiaBusiness.com Robert


Sumichrast is dean of the Pamplin College of Business, which is building a new $225 million campus.


and all forms of analytics.” James Madi-


son University’s College of Business also is expand- ing to meet the demands of grow- ing enrollment. It is building a College of Business Learning Complex, a $15 million, 166,000-square-


foot expansion and renovation project. The school’s current home, JMU’s


Showker Hall, was built in 1991 for 2,400 students. It now is packed with more than 5,000. The Business Learning Complex is designed by New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) and Richmond-based Moseley Architects.


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