New collat School of Business facility unveiled

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South entrance of the Collat School of Business facility.


Mallorie Turner
Blazer News Reporter
maturn31@uab.edu


Future business leaders and entrepreneurs have a new home for business education and innovation.  Future business leaders and entrepreneurs have a new home for business education and innovation.  The Collat School of Business had its official ribbon cutting ceremony  on Friday, August 24.

Located on the corner of University Boulevard and 13th Steet South, the building contains the Collat School of Business as well as the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The $37.5 million, 108,000 square-foot project has been in development for six years with the support of donors and internal funding. The ceremony began with opening remarks from President Ray Watts, in which he assured students that the four years they spend at UAB will be some of their best. Eric P. Jack, Dean of the School of Business, boasted of the opportunities for innovation the new building will bring to campus in contrast to the antiquated Business Engineering Complex (BEC).  

“It’s a much better building than we had with the BEC,” said Jack. “We want to excite students about their environment and ability to do a lot more with the [new] facilities.” State-of-the-art technology has been implemented within each of the building’s classrooms. Built-in cameras can record lectures in full to make notetaking less of a hassle for students. A dual-screen projector also shines slides of information overtop the room’s dry-erase boards. These features, among others, are some that graduate student Holly Giang said is very much excited about their environment and ability to do a lot more with the [new] facilities.”

State-of-the-art technology has been implemented within each of the building’s classrooms. Built-in cameras can record lectures in full to make notetaking less of a hassle for students. A dual-screen projector also shines slides of information overtop the room’s dry-erase boards. Holly Giang, a pursuing a masters in accounting, presented a speech on student experience at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. She said she sees the creation of the new School of Business as a measure of UAB’s consideration for its student’s education. 

“It shows that UAB is investing in the community,” she said. “Obviously they want us to have a more innovative education and have the best kind of technology. It just shows how they invest in their students and want them to get the best out of their education.”  

Kennedy Riles, sophomore in business management, said he sees UAB as being on the right path to becoming a more highly regarded university that is endowed with students.  

“I think UAB is becoming a more progressive school and we’re definitely attracting more people and the opening of this school shows that we are constantly growing,” Riles said.

 Large classrooms and an auditorium occupy the lower level along with breakout rooms. The other three levels have three classrooms in the center of the building surrounded by labs and conference rooms with faculty and staff offices in the extreme outer area of these levels. 

The building houses two new dining options for students which include Jamba Juice and Sandella’s Flatbread Cafe.  Students have the ability to schedule breakout rooms where they can complete work in teams. Study areas also can be found around the building.  These amenities are what Jack said make the building an ideal student hangout spot. “Having a nice home where employers can come have interviews with students for jobs and also places where students can practice their interview skills or get help with their resumes,” said Jack. “All those kinds of things put us in a much more positive light when we are able to help our students succeed.”






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