Bucknell University Trustees Approve New Management and Art Building
Bucknell University's Board of Trustees has approved construction of a new 79,500-square-foot management and art building. Construction of the building is anticipated to begin this summer and finish in time for the spring 2021 semester.
Spaces in the new building will be custom tailored to support Bucknell's signature hands-on learning experiences. They include:
- A lab for Management 101, a signature experiential course in business management that approximately one-quarter of all Bucknell students take.
- Studio spaces where markets, innovation & design students can collaborate to develop images, products and services.
- An enhanced Moriarty Investment Center for the Student Managed Investment Fund, a real market portfolio valued at nearly $2 million that finance students allocate and grow.
- A lab to support the college's planned business analytics major, which will prepare students for a world that increasingly makes decisions and tells its stories with data.
The building will also provide the Department of Art & Art History with modern teaching and studio spaces, enhanced by large windows bestowing ample natural light. It will house photography labs; drawing and multi-use art studios; digital art labs; and faculty offices. Spaces throughout the building will also be dedicated to displaying student and faculty artwork.
Like other recent construction projects on the Lewisburg, PA, campus—including Academic West, a classroom and office building for the social sciences that opened in 2013, and Academic East, a new laboratory and classroom building for engineering and education students that's scheduled to open this summer—the building's design will blend contemporary elements with Bucknell's traditional Collegiate Georgian architectural style. Its gently arcing form will also offer a visual link to the recently developed southern end of campus, which includes the South Campus Apartments residential complex and the newly launched Bucknell Farm. It is being designed to meet the standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.