Fullmer Construction in Ontario is general contractor for the $16 million project with architectural design by Thomas Riggle, president of TR Design Group in Riverside. The building will have eight classrooms, 27 faculty offices, three large lecture rooms, four seminar rooms, offices for the school’s centers, business club, accounting club, and for the award-winning Students In Free Enterprise, or SIFE team, two computer labs, and a digital media center.
The conference center will be open for use by businesses and community organizations. It will have four breakout rooms of 400 square feet each to respectively accommodate 20 people. The center will have audiovisual presentation capabilities, a 1,362-square-foot raised platform area and green room for guest speakers, Wi-Fi Internet access, catering kitchen and sound room.
The building will be constructed with a number of green materials including several with recycled content such as the carpet, vinyl flooring, ceiling tiles, window frames and roof. It will include high efficiency heating and air conditioning, water-conserving landscaping, lighting controls, windows in all offices, and low-emissivity glass in dual-paned windows.
Management and Marketing Professor Elias Rizkallah is looking forward to teaching in a new, top-tier facility. “Discounting the time when I am asleep per day, as a full-time faculty I spend more time in the School of Business than my home. Do I want a beautiful building? The answer is yes,” he said. Beyond improving his professional experience, the new structure can play “strategic roles. It influences the flow of the experience, the meaning students attach to it, their satisfaction, and their emotional connection with the institution delivering the service,” said Rizkallah.