UNT Business Leadership Building grand opening Sept. 22
What: The University of North Texas celebrates the grand opening of the new Business Leadership Building.
When: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 22 (Thursday)
Where: Business Leadership Building atrium, 1307 W. Highland St., Denton, TX 76203. Free parking (with validation at the event) in UNT's new Highland Street Parking Garage adjacent to the Business Leadership Building.
Contact: Leslie Wimmer, Leslie.Wimmer@unt.edu or 940-565-4835.
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas and the UNT College of Business will officially open the new Business Leadership Building at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 (Thursday).
Some of the 180,000-square-foot building's features include a securities trading room with a dozen Bloomberg kiosks and a scrolling stock ticker, an executive board room, 24 classrooms, a café, computer labs, a rooftop garden, study and tutor rooms and an entire floor dedicated to faculty offices and meeting spaces. In a departure from academic tradition, faculty offices will not be organized by department, a design feature encouraging interdisciplinary research.
"The Grand Opening marks a new beginning for the College of Business," said College of Business Dean Finley Graves. "It celebrates the opening of a building on par with any business building in the country, but it also symbolizes the path UNT and the College have taken toward becoming a national research university, including instruction that incorporates cutting-edge technology and research that impacts the business world internationally."
The building is expected to receive gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which means the building's design and construction met strict environmental standards.
UNT President V. Lane Rawlins said the new Business Leadership Building is part of a wave of new university facilities symbolizing that UNT's dedication to providing students the best education has never been stronger.
"Everything we do at UNT is in support of our students, so when we build, it's not just to make room for more students on a booming campus. We've created a state-of-the-art environment to inspire students and help them become the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs," Rawlins said.
Seeing students enjoy the building's collaborative spaces has been especially rewarding, Graves said.
"Walking through the atrium, the primary gathering space in the building, is a particular treat for me because of the opportunity it provides to stop and chat with students, an opportunity our old building did not offer," Graves said. "The students' new sense of community and connection to the college is amazing."
The building will use cloud computing as its main computing platform, which allows all students and faculty to access College of Business software and applications from anywhere in the world, at any time, without having to be in a computer lab in the building. Each classroom features two video projection screens, document cameras, fast internet connections for using live video with HD video cameras and fast wireless internet access. Meeting rooms have video conference capabilities, document cameras, projection screens, wireless microphones and telephones.
Construction on the $70 million building began in 2009. It is designed to accommodate more than 7,500 students.