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Business and engineering sites would complement each other
By Janardan Bhattacharjee, microbiology

I and others have written and spoken about where the new Business School should not be built and why. Here I suggest where it should be built.

A new, modern Business School building (not the “Taj Mahal” I stated at the open hearing; in order to inspire all faculty members for high scholarship and much larger graduate programs), reasonably larger than the current facility, should be located in proximity to the proposed new Engineering building and the beautiful Marcum Center as part of a new academic complex. Two professional schools (Engineering and Business) will and should complement each other professionally and academically. Additionally, the attractive environment and the nearby facilities at the Marcum Center will provide close/convenient accommodations and overflow meeting opportunities for both professional schools.

The current Reid Hall site as the first choice and Withrow Court site as the second choice will meet the stated requirements.

In addition to the Bishop Woods preservation issue, the high density of students between Pearson Hall and Shriver Center, and heavy student crossing on High Street (between Benton and Laws; Pearson and Hughes) Spring Street (between Culler and Shriver; Maple and Spring intersection) and on Patterson Avenue (between Shideler and Bachelor) must be a major safety concern for the campus planning committee, especially with the ever-increasing volume of uncontrolled car traffic. To add a Business School and 2,000 to 3,000 more students over and above the new site for the Engineering School (ill-advised location) in this already overcrowded area of the campus is very poor and the least prudent campus planning without any overpasses or underpasses.

Finally, the new state-of-the-art Business School building “MU Taj Mahal” which I suppose with very little open green space surrounding the building and flanked by the old Culler Hall and Upham Hall will be an aesthetic/architectural misfit as well as least attractive location for the “corporate” (sponsoring groups) taste/attractiveness.

Date Published: 10/14/2004
Volume: 24   Number: 11


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