New Year, New Location
As the final touches are put on the newly renovated Grant Center, faculty members are moving in and predicting that students will marvel at the new facility when classes begin Jan. 9.
“When everyone sees this volume of space and all the natural light in the building, they’ll just say, ‘Wow, I feel good in here,’” says Dr. Greg Cant, dean of the Offutt School. “The building is astounding, just fantastic and we can’t wait to begin using it.”
Throughout the semester break, faculty members moved from Old Main to their new offices and received training on the advanced technology available in the classrooms.
Cant says the classrooms are designed to hold between 16 and 48 students. When the Barry Auditorium is completed in April, as many as 200 people can be accommodated for a lecture or event.
The building also features many green technologies designed for saving energy. The college has applied for LEED certification and will soon know what rating it will be awarded.
“Utilizing LEED technology is about making good choices on how we use resources,” says Cant. “It’s not just about construction but how we use water for landscaping, for instance. LEED takes into account the full use of our impact on the environment.”
Cant believes the Offutt School of Business is moving into one of the most remarkable facilities in the region. Classrooms and offices are arranged around a central funnel of light, with social spaces in the center of the building to encourage people to congregate and interact.
“For students, these spaces will be at the center of their experience at Concordia,” says Cant. “This is an amazing building, and people will be excited by it.”