The Business and Engineering Center
Opening in Fall 2010, the Business and Engineering Center represents the latest step in the college's growth as an academic unit preparing graduates who are a cut above. Other accomplishments show clear evidence of the college's growth and special position in the region.
View from the Quad
View from the lake
This building has a
distinct character that is the result of providing a shared building
for two programs conventionally thought of as separate.
By putting the College of Business and the Engineering Department
under one roof, the University of Southern Indiana has set the stage
for cross disciplinary collaboration and innovation.
square foot classroom and laboratory building is sited at the
southwest corner of the University’s southern quadrangle.
It was positioned and shaped to define the southern
quadrangle while maintaining views to Reflection Lake from the
quadrangle and from Rice Library.
serves both Business and Engineering programs interdependently,
providing both dedicated and shared classroom/laboratory space.
The design allows each program to have a distinct identity, yet
overlap in a shared central atrium. The atrium serves all of the
collaborative activities within the building and has dramatic views
towards the lake and the quadrangle.
The atrium is an active space that promotes a vibrant synergy
between the two programs.
materials are brick, limestone, and glass, and they were chosen to
connect the new building with the existing campus structures.
The Engineering Department is clad in an ochre brick, while the
College of Business is clad in limestone and masonry.
Large areas of glass provide light and views while making
public the activities within the building.
Entry to the building occurs along a seam between the Business
and Engineering programs. Arrival is enhanced by the atrium; a space
filled with views, natural light, and collaboration.
Click on the thumbnail image to see a larger image for each floor.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Southern Indiana’s Business and Engineering Center was held Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the southwest corner of the USI Quadrangle next to the Technology Center.
Funding and Donations
Bonding authorization for the $29.9 million building
was approved by the 2007 Indiana General Assembly.