FSU lays the foundation for a new business school – The Famuan

Construction site of the University of Economics. Photo courtesy: new.fsu.edu

On Friday, October 14, Florida State University’s College of Business held a groundbreaking ceremony for its future home, Legacy Hall, by invitation only.

Michael Hartline, the college’s dean, who was associate dean at the time, took over the initiative in 2011 after it was first conceived in 2010. It’s been a significant endeavor for Hartline ever since.

According to a press release, FSU President Richard McCullough could not have got this project off the ground without the funding provided to them.

“I couldn’t be more excited to stand in front of you and talk about what a great project the new College of Business will be. It will be absolutely transformative for our university, for the region, for faculty, staff, students, alumni and the companies we work with. This would not have been possible without the support of Governor DeSantis and significant contributions from the Florida Legislature, which consistently demonstrates its support for higher education and Florida State University through investments like these,” said McCollough.

At five stories and 218,000 square feet, Legacy Hall will be the largest academic building on FSU’s campus. Students can interact and collaborate in this building.

Hartline says there is no area for collaboration and networking in the building they are currently in.

“Well, in our current building, there isn’t a place for students to hang out, study, or work together on projects,” Hartline said. “Or collaborate or whatever, collaborate with each other, collaborate with faculty or collaborate with executives who might be visiting campus.”

Because of this, students are forced to leave after class and go to places like the union, the library, or Starbucks and hang out to get work done or collaborate on projects.

All of these spaces will be available in the new building, along with collaborative study areas, a cafe where they can eat, breakout rooms, and collaborative areas where students can gather in teams and have more natural interactions with staff. Students also have access to a full professional development suite and interview rooms, which they do not currently have, to conduct interviews with various companies.

Kyara Walters, a third-year business marketing student, expects nothing but size and a wealth of resources for the new College of Business building.

“Overall, I believe the new Legacy Hall will be effective in equipping business students with the materials and resources they need to advance them to postgraduate opportunities,” said Walter.

Legacy Hall will be located at the corner of Gaines Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and across from the Civic Center. It is scheduled to go into operation by summer 2025.

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