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New business building nearing completion

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After more than a year of construction, the new 74,000-square-foot Lehigh Business Innovation Building will open at the corner of Taylor Street and Packer Avenue this November. Integrate both business and technology into the classroom.

Interim director of planning, design and construction, Joe Krochek, said construction of the new business building was planned on an aggressive schedule to reduce its long-term impact on the campus.

“There should be a lot of activity going on over the next two months and we will be nearing completion soon,” said Klocek.

Georgette Phillips, dean of the College of Business, said the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Business Innovation Building will take place in November, with classes starting in January 2023.

Phillips said construction was scheduled to begin in June 2020, but due to COVID-19, construction has now begun in April 2021.Crocek says construction remains affected by pandemic due to material and supply chain issues

The original plan was to expand the Rauch Business Center as undergraduate and graduate programs expanded, but it was “unaffordable” and “intrusive,” says Phillips.

She said the new building will provide more office space, classroom space and space for executive education. Vistex Laboratories for working people.

Business innovation buildings are characterized by: A new financial services lab, a Lehi Ventures lab, a recording studio for business communications, a space for students to conduct mock interviews, a reservable study space, and an eco-friendly green roof.

Tom Gehringer, president of Gehringer Roofing Contractors Corporation, said: sAbout 5,500 feet of the roof will be covered with turf (or turf) made from sedum, a type of succulent.

Phillips said one of the classrooms “during round” A circular classroom fosters an environment of open discussion.

Integrated Business & Engineering (IBE) program student Michael Rich of ’23 said he liked the open environment as a student and found building a new business a rewarding opportunity for first-year students.

“I’d rather be in a more group-like environment than an auditorium because I have to communicate (directly),” Rich said.

Phillips said the pandemic had an impact high flex classor highly flexible classrooms with structures that yield technology such as ceiling microphones and annotative monitors.

Phillips said that in spring 2023, certain professors using innovative teaching methods will host classes in the new business building.

“You can always stand in front of a class and give a lecture, but you have to do more than that,” says Phillips. “We owe it to our students to think about a more integrated learning experience.”

Joe Buck, vice president of development and alumni relations, said he expects a total of $25 million in donations to help fund the building of new businesses.

“When we say that all gifts matter, it’s true, because we’re trying to instill a behavior that as an alumnus it’s important to support the college,” Buck said. important to and part of the fabric of what makes American higher education so, so special.”