Expanding Our Footprint

As part of Lehigh's Path to Prominence initiative to add more students and scholars and spark innovation, the College of Business has started construction on a 74,000-square-foot building catty-corner to the Rauch Business Center. (Scroll down to watch the live construction cameras!)

"We are poised to take off as one of the nation's leading business schools," said Georgette Chapman Phillips, the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business. "To do that, we must compete for the best students and the best faculty. This new building will not only allow us to expand, it will give us the opportunity to teach in innovative and technologically sophisticated classrooms. It will facilitate faculty/student and, just as importantly, student/student learning interactions."

internal rendering of classroom
Artist rendering of planned "in the round" classroom.

Plans for the building have been underway for over five years.


Building construction got final approval from the Board of Trustees in February 2020. The pandemic pushed plans back one year. Current schedule is as follows:

  • April 1, 2021 – Site turned over to construction crew
  • May 2021 – Demolition and site clean-up
  • June 2021 – Begin construction
  • August 2022 – Building occupancy

New Facilities

The new building will accommodate 16 additional teaching space for both the undergraduate and graduate programs, all equipped for remote and hybrid learning.

There will also an expanded Financial Services Lab, a Data Analytics Lab and a Rauch Media and Communications Lab to support oral, written and digital communications classes.

A Behavioral Lab will allow for observation and subject interviews, and there will be business innovation/incubator space for entrepreneurial exploration. The building also will be the new home of the Vistex Institute for Executive Learning and Research.

Live Construction Cameras

Watch the building grow!

Lehigh Business Groundbreaking Ceremony

Lehigh formally broke ground on a new College of Business building that will be infused with technology and provide students and faculty with flexible, collaborative spaces for learning, teaching and research.
Groundbreaking Ceremony

Lehigh Breaks Ground on New College of Business Building

Formal ceremony marks college expansion and ushers in new era of teaching and learning.

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Artist rendering of what the new College of Business building will look like.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Video

Did you miss the Groundbreaking Ceremony? Watch the recorded livestream of the event.

Watch the Ceremomy

By the Numbers

Since the opening of Rauch in 1991, the College of Business has had:

Increase in the college’s interdisciplinary majors
Increase in the college's undergraduate enrollment
Increase in the college's business faculty

Support Lehigh Business Goals for Growth and Success

To ensure continued success in the College of Business and to remain competitive among top-tier institutions in the U.S, we must invest strategically in our critical goals. To learn more, please contact:

Jim Mann
Director of Development, College of Business
Office: 610.758.5689 | Cell: 610.704.9979 | jam508@lehigh.edu