Rowan University officially opened its latest addition to campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the new Business Hall, located next to Westby Hall.

At the ceremony, Dean of Rohrer College of Business Dr. Susan Lehrman, as well as several other representatives from the university and Glassboro town council, christened the building as a “new home,” not just for Rowan students, but also for business leaders everywhere.

“The Business Hall is not just for students and faculty,” Lehrman said. “I really want to emphasize this, we expect South Jersey business leaders to call this building ‘home’ as well. We want, [business leaders in the community] to collaborate with our students on projects, on internships, to serve as mentors and to bring your big ideas for the region to the fore.”

The site of the new four-story building held its groundbreaking ceremony in December 2014. The project cost totaled $63.2 million. Approximately $46 million of the overall project cost was funded by the $117 million referendum received from New Jersey’s Building Our Future Bond Act passed in 2012, according to the facilities, planning and operations page.

Inside, the Business Hall contains 14 classrooms, 7 conference rooms, 10 specialty spaces and a trading room and business center. On the second floor, there is also a “Hatch House,” which is meant for student collaborative projects.

“The concept of the Hatch [House] came from the dean of the college of business,” said Senior Vice President of Facilities, Planning and Operations, Donald Moore. “It’s a free space where people’s thoughts and ideas are free flowing.

“Then you have ‘breakout’ spaces associated with that same Hatch house concept which allows you to go in in clusters and work on your concept and possibly bring it out to a larger group to discuss,” Moore continued….

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Justin Decker, The Whit Online