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Richard T. Farmer School of Business breaks ground for new building

Ceremonial shovels turned the earth on the site of the new Richard T. Farmer Hall during a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 2 on Miami’s east quad.

Farmer Hall will house the six academic departments, three centers and numerous programs that make up the Richard T. Farmer School of Business. For the first time in decades, the entire school will be located within the same building.

The building is noteworthy for its architecture, its interior spatial configuration and its materials. In keeping with the Miami tradition, the New York firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP has designed a structure that is classic Georgian Revival. The organization of Farmer Hall’s interior space is geared to foster productivity and congenial relationships among students, faculty and staff. The eco-friendly design and use of environmentally responsible materials positions Farmer Hall to become the first Miami building to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

“This building truly will be state-of-the-art,” said Roger L. Jenkins, dean of the Farmer School. “In addition to reflecting the realities of the way business organizations operate today, it promotes responsible environmental stewardship and encourages greater interaction among everyone in the school.”

With its trading room, cluster rooms and breakout rooms, the 210,000-square-foot building will enable students to participate in a broad array of academic and experiential learning activities. Electronic communication resources and Net meeting rooms will bring the world to the school of business, said Jenkins, adding, “The Farmer School will be one of very few business schools that provides this level of sophisticated facilities for its undergraduates.”

Other features that distinguish the new facility include:

• A 500-seat auditorium that provides urgently needed midsize space for lectures and other programs;

• A reading room that combines library resources with Web access and other electronic support;

• A student organizations suite to support the school’s more than 20 co-curricular groups;

• A café with casual dining as well as take-away service.

Richard and Joyce Farmer and the Farmer Family Foundation provided the leadership gift of $25 million for the new building.

Construction of the project is under way. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2008.

Date Published: 11/09/2006
Volume: 26   Number: 9

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