College of Business plans construction

September 19, 2014

Interim Dean of the College of Business Dr. Tim Bispring displays a computerized rendering of the building addition.

Interim Dean of the College of Business Dr. Tim Bispring displays a computerized rendering of the building addition.

Staff Reporter

Four years after its initial groundbreaking ceremony and two years since its opening, Louisiana Tech’s College of Business building will begin expanding its size this school year.

With the planning stages nearly complete, shovels could hit the dirt as soon as spring 2015 to add an additional 20,000-square foot, three-story wing to the original 40,000-square foot building. The majority of the new wing will be made up of classrooms to meet the challenges of a growing student body.

“We knew we needed extra space before we even finished this building,” said Tim Bisping, interim dean of the College of Business. “We always try to stay ahead of the game, and this is going to allow us to have all of our students in this building.”

The blueprints show two bigger classrooms meant to seat 90 and 70 students, along with many smaller classrooms and seminar rooms for graduate students. Along with new classrooms, the new wing is planned to sport newer technology as well, such as brand new computers.

A photographic rendering of the exterior of the finished wing was also included in the blueprints.

The wing will be built directly adjacent to the current building on the corner of College Street and West Louisiana Avenue. It will extend west towards Keeny Hall, giving the building an “L” shape. The wing will have the same architectural style as the main building.

“As the College of Business grows, Dr. Guice would like the whole university to grow and the College of Business is going to be a big part of that,” said Marcia Dickerson, assistant dean of undergraduate programs in the College of Business.

Dickerson said that this year the building’s classrooms are booked all day, every day, Monday through Friday. Some of the larger lecture classrooms have no available seating, with up to 90 students in one room.

Dickerson said she is proud to see the university’s student body grow and that more learning spaces for her students will be a welcome sight.

“We are putting a lot of effort into recruiting students and making sure we have programs that are attractive to students,” Dickerson said. “We need more classroom space.”

Bisping said that the funding for the wing will come from a grant which will allow for a “workforce development” approach to building.

“We are going to be offering outreach to the community, to north Louisiana for training, for workshops and for education,” Dickerson said.

Although the groundbreaking ceremony will not be held until early next year, Bisping said, the College of Business was eager to share and spread the word about its plans early on to its students.

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