TCU’s Neeley School of Business is moving forward with design work and fundraising for a $100 million expansion that will create a “business commons” with dynamic spaces for students and visitors, Homer Erekson, the school’s dean, told a Rotary Club luncheon on Friday.
Erekson said the university hopes to start construction on the two-year building project in May 2016, if it can secure more funding. The project was boosted significantly last August with a $30 million gift from Spencer Hays, a Nashville businessman who graduated from Neeley in 1959, and his wife, Marlene.
In a video presentation, Erekson shared the university’s vision for the complex, which will be built near the existing B-school buildings. The main entrance to the commons will be off Lubbock Avenue in the Spencer Hays Hall. A U-shaped design includes an outdoor plaza and indoor rotunda as gathering places. There will also be an auditorium and more space for the school’s growing entrepreneurship program.
Erekson said the goal is to create spaces where the business community can feel welcome and comfortable working directly with students and faculty. “I want this to be something you all call home, that you all want to be a part of,” he said.