(Ames, Iowa) — Their excitement was visible. “Oh my gosh, I love the team rooms!”
That was a repeated comment as Ivy College of Business students toured the new Gerdin Business Building expansion for the first time Monday, as the college kicked off Business Week.
“The new expansion to Gerdin has brought more excitement for the upcoming semester,” said Multicultural Business Network President Vianka Damas Rosales, one of several students who volunteered to give tours. “The amount of space provided for students will bring Ivy students together. I am looking forward to studying and making use of the great space that is being provided to us.”
Ivy Student Council President Corey Wagner is also thrilled with the new expansion.
“I can’t think of a better way that they could have designed the expansion,” Wagner said. “There is a very clear student focus, with new spaces designed to help our students develop themselves into business professionals.”
The much-needed expansion to the Gerdin Business Building is now open. Even though crews continue to work on final details, such as installation of electrical, technology, and furniture, hallways and several spaces are open.
A central feature of the new addition is the Kingland Hub, a common space where students can study and collaborate with their peers. It connects the original building to the new addition. The space will also be used for special events held by the college and student organizations.
“We are thrilled about the progress of this expansion and using the new space, especially the Kingland Hub,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding while addressing students, faculty, and staff Monday. “This is a focal point of the new expansion. In the past, we had to close the Business Café and ask students to leave for those events, which was never ideal. That impacted so many students. Now that we have the Kingland Hub for college events, this eliminates the disruptions to our students who are using the cafe.”
The Kingland Hub was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Ivy alumnus David Kingland (’80 industrial administration) and his wife, Deb (’80 child development) and Kingland Systems Corporation.
Another central feature to the expansion is the Houston Professional Sales Suite.
Named after Ivy alumnus Dan Houston (’84 business administration – marketing) and his wife, Joanie (’83 physical education), the sales suite is the new home of the Ivy Sales Program. The new program prepares undergraduate students so they are ready for a career in sales as soon as they graduate.
“Sales is at the heart of most business enterprises,” Spalding said. “Creating a new sales program for students is an example that shows how we are setting our students up for success. We already have real strength in this area and we are building on it. Ours will be the strongest program of its kind in Iowa and in the Midwest.”
The four-story Gerdin addition was designed with students in mind. It includes 40 percent more space, seven team rooms, the Kingland Hub common space, 35 faculty office spaces, and five additional classrooms. Students will start using the new team rooms and Kingland Hub this month. The new classrooms will be used when the spring semester begins in January. Wallace Road, east of the Gerdin Business Building, re-opened November 5.
The 45,000 square foot addition cost $28 million. More than $18 million in private gifts helped fund the expansion, including a $7 million commitment from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation. Iowa State University provided $1 million. The college will pay the remaining $8-9 million.
At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we offer a wide variety of programs to maximize student potential, connect students with professionals through case competitions, interactive learning, study abroad, internships, and ultimately successful employment. We continuously add valuable programs that benefit students, their future employers, and working professionals. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredits the college in both business and accounting. Only 2 percent of the world’s business schools receive accreditation in both business and accounting.