The Innovation Campus: New home of the W. Frank Barton School of Business, including the Innovation Center
The fifth building planned for the Innovation Campus will integrate innovation throughout our academic colleges. This 163,000 square-foot complex, designed with state-of-the-art amenities, will house the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the Innovation Center, an attached 20,000 square-foot “idea laboratory” that will be the innovation playground for our students, faculty, and private industry partners. This new facility will be the major student gathering location within the Innovation Campus. Here new ideas will be generated, developed, and exploited.
The new building will be characterized by:
- A 24/7 accessible facility with integrated technology to unleash our students’ creativity. Design pods, full-wall displays, high-end CAD stations, 3-D printers are just some of the best practices that will be incorporated in this highly flexible, creative design space.
- Faculty and students from several academic units including the Barton School of Business, the Elliott School of Communications (Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences), the School of Art and Design (College of Fine Arts), and the College of Engineering will collaborate in an enterprise structure to generate real-time solutions for our economic partners in the region and in the world.
- An incubator to support the development of student-based businesses as a technology outpost of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Here, technology expertise and business acumen will combine to create the businesses of tomorrow.
- State-of-the-art instructional facilities including the new Koch Trading Center to prepare Barton School of Business students for realistic global competition. A tiered auditorium capable of handling large audiences while providing convenient small group discussions will be a key component of the instructional tools available. Collaborative learning and studying spaces will abound throughout the building.
- Welcoming facilities to allow members of our business community to seamlessly interact with our students and faculty and dedicated spaces to support career services for our students.
In addition to the Innovation Center, new Business School amenities will include computer simulation laboratories; flexible classrooms, group problem-solving lounges and other collaborative learning spaces; tiered auditoriums; community outreach centers; and a full-service career center.
Some $35 million of this $70 million investment will rely on philanthropic support. The remaining $35 million will be funded by student tuition and fees and by a facility bond issue.
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