“Architecturally, it’s an extremely beautiful building,” Studley said of the structure, which was designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects and meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standards.
On one side of the main lobby is an open study area that will include seating and four flat-screen televisions tuned to business and financial news.
The Mowry Family Business Center, which will be used as a reception and conference area and also features video-conferencing technology, is located on the other side of the lobby.
Scattered throughout the structure are quiet student commons for studying and practicing presentations, as well as LED panels for displaying announcements.
Other state-of-the-art features include passive solar windows and a drinking fountain designed to fill reusable water bottles.
“This is my favorite part of the whole building,” Studley said of the fountain.
On the second floor is a large outdoor terrace with cafe-style seating and a weather-resistant rooftop garden.
“It’s kind of like giving back green space after you take it away,” Studley said of that feature.
The structure’s exterior is faced with blond bricks and has numerous windows and a flat roof.
“It has an air of professionalism, which I think is important to business students,” Studley said of the building.
She added that the state-of-the-art teaching spaces will also benefit those who study there.
Multiple factors contributed to delays in completion, including having to work around subcontractor schedules and make modifications to the structure’s design and the placement of functions throughout the building.
In addition, time was lost last fall when college officials judged that one of the structure’s exterior walls had not been built to specifications and insisted Pike Construction tear it down and reconstruct it.