Almost business time for new Spears building at OSU

Crews work in the courtyard of the new Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business building on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 in Stillwater. Students will begin taking classes in the new space next week. (David Bitton/Stillwater News Press)

The new $72 million Spears School of Business building is under budget and set to open to Oklahoma State University students when the spring semester begins next Tuesday. 

The 147,450-square foot four-story crescent-shaped brick building will be the home base for more than 5,000 business majors from 44 states and 59 countries.

“It is imperative for the school to have everyone in one space,” said Terry Tush, Spears School of Business communications director. “We now have a space where our students can come, camp out and spend the day.”

The facility is currently being furnished in preparation for the students. Faculty and staff are expected to move into their offices in February and March ahead of the building dedication at 1:30 p.m. April 13.

The building blends beautifully into the landscape and provides sweeping views of the campus.

“It has some of the greatest views on campus,” Dean Ken Eastman previously told the News Press.

More than 800 donors contributed more than $36 million toward the project.

The new building is nearly 50 percent larger than the current business building, which is 51 years old and will be used by some engineering students, faculty and staff, according to Tush.

It will be the first time in more than 20 years all business students, faculty and staff will be in the same building, according to Eastman, who said they are currently spread over six buildings.

The facility includes 13 classrooms, 16 team/breakout rooms, nine conference rooms, four labs, seven academic department offices, a graduate student lounge, a student organization room and a coffee and snack shop, along with more than 150 offices.

Eastman explained that the classrooms are set up so desks and chairs can be moved around freely.

“It is important to have modern classrooms,” he said. “To teach interactively, you need a more interactive room."

The first floor features the coffee shop/snack bar Business Perks, and an area for the stock exchange ticker.

The upper floors have windows above the doorways to help bring natural light into the building’s interior. 

The basement, first and second floors are student-focused with most of the offices and faculty areas on the third and fourth floor.

The basement houses most of the classrooms and the building has a soaring ceiling height of 18 feet and skylights throughout.

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