When complete in fall 2017, the new 220,000-sq.-ft. academic building for the McCombs School of Business will house the Graduate School of Business including the MBA graduate program administration, career services, research centers, graduate classrooms, graduate student study areas, and food service. The project also includes a 50,000-sq.-ft. expansion of the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center and a 188,000-sq.-ft. parking garage with 525 spaces for a total of approximately 458,000 sq. ft.
"Teaching and learning in Rowling Hall will match the diversity and resourcefulness of today's most progressive organizations," said Thomas Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School. "Our graduates move into leadership roles within innovative workforces around the world, and our entire program, from faculty to curriculum and facilities, prepares them for that environment."
The building design enables flexible teaching approaches such as "flipped classrooms," in which students and teachers seamlessly move from lectures to team collaboration. Rowling Hall will also expand classroom availability allowing additional course offerings and provide many spaces for individual study and group preparation.
"Rowling Hall will serve as a hub for graduate students to meet with peers, faculty, recruiters and members of the business community to openly exchange ideas, network and work in teams, just as they will in the business world," said Gilligan.