The $40 million, state-of-the-art facility will open its doors to students in the fall of 2019.

The $40 million, state-of-the-art facility will open its doors  to students in the fall of 2019.

Fairfield has witnessed an unprecedented expansion of new facilities in recent years, including the new Rafferty Stadium, a significantly modernized Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreational Complex, a new Egan School of Nursing and Health Sciences building, and an expansion and enhancement to the John A. Barone Campus Center, to name just a few of the projects completed or on stream.

Now, it has recently been announced that the Dolan School of Business will get a new home — a beautifully designed, curving building with broad open interior expanses and high glass windows that look out onto Bellarmine pond to the south. The new building will be placed behind the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, and will open out to views of the lawn in front of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library to the north.

The $40 million facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The University was expected to proceed with the filing of the required applications for local approval in August, with hopes to break ground in the coming months.

“This new building will exemplify what the Dolan School has become: a leading center for business education, forming students to be ethical leaders for a global future,” said University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD. “It will be the nexus for our students, faculty, and staff, allowing them to collaborate in an environment that rivals the most state-of-the-art facilities for its technology and cutting edge spaces.”

As is true of the other new facilities that are on track or have recently been completed, the new Dolan School addresses some of the priorities that were established by the University’s current strategic plan Fairfield 2020: The Way Forward. The plan called for new and innovative learning spaces, featuring “significant upgrades to classroom facilities — including furniture, lighting, and sound systems.” At the same time, the plan stressed that the University needed to create “new gathering spaces on campus,” to allow students and faculty “to interact comfortably and exchange ideas that contribute to collective solutions to achieve our shared goals.”

The new building will meet both of these needs: It combines increased classroom space and smart classroom technology, with beautiful open spaces for shared learning where students can mingle, socialize, and collaborate.

The building will include modern simulated trading in a dynamic and interactive learning environment, a big data analytics lab, an entrepreneurship center with ideation lab space, a gaming lab, active learning and case-based classrooms, and more. At 80,000+ square feet, it will also feature 16 technology-enriched classrooms, collaborative meeting spaces for students and faculty, as well as a new event space. The building’s highlights will be innovative spaces including a one-button studio, simulation room, behavioral research lab, and the University’s Center for Applied Ethics.

As one of the highest ranked business schools in the country, the Dolan School has been named among the best undergraduate business schools in the United States and the best in Connecticut according to Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, and US News & World Report. College Factual ranks its accounting, finance, and marketing disciplines in the top 25 nationally. Additionally, the Dolan School is one of only 5% of schools nationwide accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Last year, Dolan School graduates achieved a 96.7% placement rate within six-months after graduation.

The Dolan School of Business was named in 2000 in honor of media and communications pioneer Charles F. Dolan, founder of Cablevision and Home Box Office. ●F

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