Robert Morris University marked its 90th anniversary Sept. 6 during a celebration at its brand-new School of Business designed by Celli-Flynn Brennan. The new 18,000-square-foot School of Business, which includes The PNC Trading Center, The United States Steel Corporation Video Conferencing and Technology Center, and The ATI Center, gives the university’s business school its first official home at its campus in suburban Moon Township. It was funded through RMU’s Changing Lives, Building Futures capital campaign, the first comprehensive capital campaign in the university’s history.
“This high-tech business laboratory will give Robert Morris University, its graduates, and its faculty the reputation they deserve, the reputation they have earned through their hard work, professional success, and dedicated service to the community,” said President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. “It will be a transformative facility that will move our business school and university to another level.”
In 2009, the School of Business earned accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The school’s new building features the latest in business technology. Among other features, 12 Bloomberg terminals give students access to real-time financial market data, and an 18-seat Cisco telepresence room allows for an immersive videoconferencing experience.
“Having a new home lets us replant the flag of who we are, how we do things differently and better,” said Daria C. Crawley, associate professor of management. “The technology pulls us closer to that international marketplace. It will enable students to engage in better conversations.”
In addition to providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces, the building’s location and orientation also achieves several campus planning initiatives. The building completes a quadrangle with Massey Hall and the Lafayette Center and enhances the historic Rudolph Family Garden. Its scale, configuration and alignment respect the garden and existing buildings while creating a strong identity for the Business School. The building also acts as a natural connector providing a path for students from the main part of campus to the west, through the building, to the quad.