Fulfilling the promise of becoming “one business education enterprise” means the two schools, the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy and the Babcock Graduate School of Management, need to come together not only philosophically but physically.
To that end, a task force of faculty and staff members of the Schools of Business, in concert with Dean Reinemund and the University Architect, created a set of project goals for a new space which will house the entire faculty and serve as the center for student activities—a space that will truly capture and take advantage of Wake Forest University’s unique collegiate atmosphere. After considering many options, the committee decided that the best plan would be to create this world-class business education center one phase at a time.
Phase One, which will be completed Fall 2010, also includes the repurposing of the current faculty offices in the Worrell Professional Center so that all classroom facilities can be located together in the Worrell structure.
The project will start with a renovated building, which will include space for all faculty offices, career placement and professional development spaces, admissions offices, and student services. Key features will include a premier food service facility, a large meeting space, a variety of seating areas for impromptu conversations, lounge areas for informal faculty meetings, highly accessible spaces for student/staff gatherings, and administrative support areas.
The new hub of student and faculty life will be connected to the classroom building by a sweeping structure inspired by the University’s Reynolda House Museum.
As the programs of the Schools of Business grow, the plan for the business education center provides for approximately 10,000 square feet of additional classroom space by expanding Worrell.