Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind., has begun work on a building that will house its Byrum School of Business.
The $7 million facility is needed to accommodate growing enrollment and is expected to be completed in December 2017. The construction project is part of a $15 million campaign to support the school's experiential approach to learning.
"Our focus is on providing students with practice in solving actual business problems, and helping them develop key skills, instead of memorizing facts, formulas and terms for the test," says Russ Kershaw, dean of the business school. "This new facility is being explicitly designed to help us deliver this program."
The new facility will be designed to represent the changing work styles and mobile technology of modern businesses, with breakout areas, expansive glass walls, and open perimeter spaces. The atrium will provide flexible work zones with tiered collaboration space configurable for presentations, brainstorming, or casual gatherings.
The architect is Schmidt Associates.