SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah today announced the completion of phase two of the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, bringing the full array of the building’s innovative, state-of-the-art facilities into active use. Following the completion of the first phase in November 2011, the landmark building of the David Eccles School of Business can now fully engage more than 3,500 business students in a unique and dynamic learning environment.
“Since this building’s inauguration, we have seen a truly accelerated rate of engagement, innovation and collaboration, unprecedented in our history. The Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building has helped elevate our level of excellence to the national stage and enabled us to attract the world’s brightest young business minds.”
“With the completion of this project, the opportunities and facilities the David Eccles School of Business can offer to students are second to none,” said Dean Taylor Randall. “Since this building’s inauguration, we have seen a truly accelerated rate of engagement, innovation and collaboration, unprecedented in our history. The Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building has helped elevate our level of excellence to the national stage and enabled us to attract the world’s brightest young business minds.”
In addition to 11 new classrooms, 10 new team discussion rooms and three new conference rooms – many equipped with cutting-edge technology, podcasting and video-conferencing capabilities – the second phase also introduces several spaces that will foster collaboration and innovation. These include:
- C.R. England Student Community Pavilion – Houses discussion rooms and student and faculty lounges to encourage interdepartmental projects and dynamic student-faculty interaction.
- Ken Garff Classroom Pavilion – Focuses on undergraduate business education, featuring the latest in wireless, integrated learning and video technologies.
- Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center – Hosts the annual Utah Real Estate Challenge and provides students with real estate industry education and research.
- Lyle K. and Marjorie J. Campbell Dean’s Suite – Houses the school’s leadership team, enhancing opportunities for collaboration among its members.
- Bill and Pat Child Community Space – A gathering spot for the campus and community, featuring indoor space and an outdoor terrace overlooking the heart of the campus.
- First Security Board Room – Honors the legacy of First Security Bank by featuring original furniture from the company’s board room.
- Trading Room – Displays financial market data on four large projection screens and multiple computers to help prepare students for careers in financial services.
More than 70 percent of the building’s 188,623 total square feet on nine levels is dedicated specifically to students, via classrooms, computer labs, collaborative meeting spaces and student lounges.
By launching a new era in business education on campus, the building has helped usher in a wealth of new student opportunities. It houses the James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center, created in January 2013 to offer students real-world experience working with industry leaders in impact investing. In addition, the Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center also launched a social entrepreneurship program that gives students the opportunity to apply their business skills to solve important social issues. It also includes the newly created Graduate Career Management Center and Undergraduate Career Management Center, which connect business students with companies recruiting on campus.
“I can’t imagine a better learning environment than the Spencer Eccles Building,” said Nick Nash, a Junior studying Business Management at the David Eccles School of Business. “This building has helped create a stronger business community at the U, one where everyone is invested in helping each other succeed. I am excited to take the knowledge I have gained and the skills I have developed here into my professional career.”
The building also underscored the David Eccles School of Business’ engaged alumni network, drawing more than 350 diverse contributors. The following individuals and organizations offered significant contributions:
- George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
- C.R. England, Inc.
- Garff Enterprises, Incorporated
- The Sorenson Legacy Foundation
- James Lee Sorenson
- The ALSAM Foundation
- FJ Management
- Wheeler Machinery Company
- Patricia W. and William H. Child
- Rob Campbell
To view photos of the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, visit: http://pinterest.com/desb2012/world-class-facilities/.
About the David Eccles School of Business
From its beginnings in 1896 as part of the Economics and Sociology Department, what is now the David Eccles School of Business (http://www.business.utah.edu) educates nearly 3,500 students a year, and boasts more than 31,000 alumni. Students manage a university venture fund of $18.3 million, the largest of its kind in the nation. In January 2012, the school opened its new, $72 million Spencer F. Eccles Business Building, offering students a cutting-edge learning environment packed with state-of-the-art technology. Both its graduate and undergraduate programs rank in the Top 20 nationally for entrepreneurship in the 2013 Princeton Review rankings, and its MBA program made the biggest jump up the rankings of U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 rankings of graduate schools.