Washington's Foster School Dedicates New Building

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on October 22, 2010

The University of Washington Foster School of Business (Foster Full-Time MBA Profile) is expanding its Seattle campus, and the first step got underway recently with the dedication of PACCAR Hall. The $95 million, 132,000 square foot building is aiming for LEED Gold certification, and was named after the Bellevue, Wash.-based truck manufacturer in recognition of a “major gift,” according to a press release issued by the school. It opened for classes about three weeks ago.

The new building, according to the release, will include 14 U-shaped classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, 28 student breakout rooms, two floors of faculty offices, a soaring atrium with a café, and a fireplace. It will be equipped with a wireless network and distance-conferencing capabilities, and the classrooms will be set up to record audio and video of the lectures that automatically synchs with the professor’s slide presentation—content students can access online at any time.

“PACCAR Hall is a testament to the on-going growth underway at the Foster School,” said Jim Jiambalvo, the Foster dean, in the press release. “We designed a building that was focused on collaboration and the architects did a great job delivering on that expectation. The common spaces allow faculty, students, and business executives to interact with each other on a regular basis.”

There seems to be something of a building boom underway at the nation’s business schools. Yale, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, and Northwestern all either have begun construction or are raising funds for new buildings. When I posted an item earlier this month about Wake Forest landing a $10 million gift to help finance construction of its own new building, I asked rhetorically “who’s next?” I guess now we know.

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