Kat Riddler, Managing Editor

Those returning to the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus may notice a new building that is open just past Express Scripts Hall (ESH) on North Campus: Anheuser-Busch Hall (ABH). On August 17, over two hundred people gathered in the courtyard facing the building for the Grand Opening of the $20 million building from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The College of Business Administration Dean Charles Hoffman, UMSL Chancellor Thomas George, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi, local elected officials, and Anheuser-Busch representatives were among the many at the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony before the building was opened for tours.

Anheuser-Busch Hall is the new home of the College of Business Administration. The 51,000-square-foot building is three stories and houses undergraduate and graduate advising, faculty offices, and six classrooms. This building is UMSL’s first dedicated building just for the business college. Previously, the college was housed in the Social Science and Business Building (SSB). The temperature-controlled walkway from SSB to ESH extends to the new ABH building and is named the Porter Walkway in honor of the gift donated by Florine and Joseph Porter Jr.

“This is a historic moment for the University of Missouri–St. Louis, its more than 2,500 business students and the people of Missouri,” said Hoffman. “Our new home will enhance the student experience and allow for extended community collaboration”

The building is on track to receive LEED Gold environmental sustainability certification and was built by the St. Louis-based ICS Construction Services, Ltd. CannonDesign was the architect of the building.

CannonDesign principal Mike Felton said, “This facility enhances the synergy between academic and experiential learning that can prepare students to lead effectively in today’s ever-changing society. We’re thrilled to see Anheuser-Busch Hall come to fruition, and to have worked with such great partners.”

The construction of the new building was announced on May 6, 2015 by former Governor Jay Nixon, UMSL representatives, and Anheuser-Busch representatives. Fundraising started before the announcement with $10 million raised in private and corporate donors, including $2.5 million from Anheuser-Busch, and the state of Missouri matched the $10 million raised. On October 29, 2015, ground was broken for the building.

Other UMSL alumni and current and past executives from Ameren Corporation, Boeing, Edward Jones, Express Scripts, Scottrade Inc., and US Bank also contributed.

A dedicated $1 million went towards one classroom named after Emeritus Associate Dean Dave Ganz who has been associated with UMSL since 1966. More than 140 alumni and friends contributed to the classroom named after the emeritus associate dean and emeritus assistant professor of accounting. Ganz is known by many as “Mr. UMSL.” The classroom itself will seat 50 students and is located on the lower level. The hallway outside the classroom will feature signage with all the donors’ names.

The rest of the first floor contains three large classrooms that seat between 65 and 80 students. In the hallway are bulletin boards and benches for seating.

The Executive Education Room, located on the second floor, was a gift from the U.S. Bank Foundation. The room has floor-to-ceiling windows and nine clustered display monitors on the wall. The room provides a home base for the Professional Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration programs. The room also offers space for events and community engagement.

On the second floor near the main entrance from the courtyard is the Trading Room, a gift honoring Rodger Riney of Scottrade. This classroom seats 25 and provides interactive opportunities for finance and accounting students, including 12 Bloomberg terminals. Outside the curved class of the classroom is an electronic sign displaying stock market values. There is also an adjoining lounge for students.

On the second floor is the Dean’s suite and faculty space. Within the Dean’s suite is a wall that depicts all the previous deans of the College of Business. There is also the Dean’s Conference Room gift from Myles and Elaine Kelly with a large stone table that was a donation.

Dean Hoffman explained there would be two phases of the building in 2015. Dean Hoffman at that time said, “The funding from the state enables us to begin building Phase 1, which is just over 50,000 square feet. We will begin raising funds for Phase 2, which will add another 60,000 square feet.” With phase 1 now complete, fundraising for phase 2 will now commence.

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