Lehigh formally broke ground Thursday on a new 74,000-square-foot College of Business building that will be infused with technology and provide students and faculty with flexible, collaborative spaces for learning, teaching and research. The building also will be the new home of the Vistex Institute for Executive Learning and Research.
“The beauty of the building is not in the limestone and mortar, although it is gorgeous,” Georgette Chapman Phillips, the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business, told members of the Lehigh community at the outdoor ceremony. “It is in its interactivity, in its capacity for motion and momentum, and in what it means for our students as they are embarking on their business education and discovering their careers.”
Rising on Packer Avenue between Taylor and Webster streets, the new three-story, four-floor structure is expected to open in Fall 2022. Construction was originally scheduled to begin in 2020 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The building will accommodate classes in the College's undergraduate and graduate programs and provide 16 additional teaching spaces. It also will provide space for an expanded Bosland Financial Services Lab, Data Analytics Lab, Rauch Media and Communications Lab, Behavioral Lab and a business innovation/incubator space for entrepreneurial exploration.
Among the features will be classrooms with moveable walls that will allow for simulations, case study presentations and hackathon events. Also, labs will be equipped with multiple large screens for instructor use, and specialized group tables will have individual student monitors. Newly configured smart spaces will support faculty research and teaching.
“Our new building reflects Lehigh Business and Lehigh University—not just who we are, but our commitment to what we want to become. We want to become a college that is breaking boundaries at the intersection of business and technology. We want to be driving high-impact, interactive learning experiences. We want to embrace the change that we want to see together with our students, our faculty and our community,” Phillips said.