Baylor Moving Forward with Business School Campus Construction
CENTRAL TX - Baylor University will break ground soon on the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, a major facility project whose construction was formally approved by Baylor's Board of Regents on Oct. 18.
The $100 million, 275,000-square-foot campus will provide a new home for Baylor's nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business. The facility, which will be located on Bagby Avenue between Third and Fourth streets, is scheduled for completion in July 2015.
Corporate, sustainable business environment
Overland Partners of San Antonio is the architectural firm on the project, whose design features a corporate and sustainable business environment, including a centerpiece atrium that will showcase some of the school's signature classrooms. A 350-seat auditorium will accommodate guest lectures and special events, and a variety of classrooms will incorporate the latest technology for collaborative learning, innovation and problem solving. The new building is expected to expand the school's size by nearly 40 percent.
Success fundraising driving project
Fundraising for the project was fueled by a historic gift from El Paso businessman, civic leader and Baylor alumnus Paul L. Foster, chairman of the board and executive chairman of Western Refining Inc. Yesterday the university announced a gift of $1 million from Baylor alumni Steve and Penny Carlile. The money will be used to create the Steve and Penny Carlile Plaza, an attractive, strategically developed outdoor space to welcome all visitors to the campus.