The College of Business Administration is moving forward with plans to build a $33 million business complex that will provide students with the latest in instructional technology.
The three-building complex will include a faculty and student services building, an Einstein Bros. Bagel shop, and a 200-seat Gregoire Family Auditorium for large groups, presentations and guest speakers. The classroom building will house modern classrooms, laboratories and breakout rooms.
“The new business campus will be a destination and gathering place for business students — something they don't have now,” says Interim Dean Lynn Turner, who has worked on the project from its inception. “We also hope it will be a gathering place for alumni and the business community.”
The buildings are funded in part by the passage of Proposition 1D, “The Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006.” It was among 5,000 projects suspended in December in the midst of the state's fiscal crisis, but they were reinstated in April following the sale of nearly $7 billion in infrastructure bonds.
The bidding process for the new campus is scheduled to begin this week. The timeline calls for construction to start in early August with a groundbreaking ceremony in the fall. The buildings are expected to open at the start of fall quarter 2011.
In addition to money from Proposition 1D, the project is funded with nearly $5 million in donations from alumni, donors and other friends of the College of Business Administration, as well as funds from the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.