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."
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:
The new building will accommodate 16 additional teaching spaces for both the undergraduate and graduate programs, all equipped for remote and hybrid learning.
There will also be 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.
Watch the building grow!
Watch the videos below to learn more or view the entire video playlist.
Jeffrey Bosland '88, '22P, Lehigh trustee and Bosland Financial Services Lab donor talks about how business' ever increasing dependency on technology drives the need for the new Lehigh Business building.
McKay Price, Webster A. Collins and Murray H. Goodman Chair in Real Estate Finance and associate professor talks about how Lehigh Business determined that a new business building was necessary and is designed to accommodate lifelong learning.
Jeffrey Bosland '88, '22P, Lehigh trustee and Bosland Financial Services Lab Donor talks about the significance of Lehigh in his life as a first generation student and how important it is to support Lehigh so that it will continue to grow.
Georgette Chapman Phillips, the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business talks about how the new Lehigh Business building is a physical expression of the college's aspiration to be at the intersection of business and technology.
Tom Gehringer, president of The Gehringer Corporation, our building's roofing contractor, explains what makes up the 23,000 square foot roof including the two green spaces.
Vince Calantoni, project site superintendent at Quadratus Construction Management, explains the layering that makes up the exterior walls and what the next steps are to look forward to.
Since the opening of Rauch in 1991, the College of Business has had:
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:
Director of Development, College of Business
Office: 610.758.5689 | Cell: 610.704.9979 | firstname.lastname@example.org