920x920FAIRFIELD: The Higher education industry in Southern Connecticut continues to expand with the announcement of a successful capital campaign and the ground breaking to start this spring for the new Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.

The business school will relocate to a new $40 million “state-of-the-art academic” building scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

The University says the new facility will “feature a simulated financial trading room, big data analytics lab, entrepreneurship center with ideation lab space, visualization and simulation lab.

The new building is one of several that are planned or under construction as part of the University’s Master Plan supported by the Fairfield Rising Campaign, what the school says is “the largest capital campaign in the history of the University,” adding, the campaign has “exceeded its $160 million financial target” and the fund raising effort is being raised to $210 million with an estimated completion date of December 2018.

Mark R. Nemec, PhD, President said, “the extension of the Fairfield Rising Campaign ensures that Fairfield continues its rise as the modern Jesuit Catholic University, building a community animated by innovative teaching and learning, so that we may continue to best serve the world as it is.”

The 80,500 square feet building, will feature “16 technology-enriched classrooms, collaborative meeting spaces for students and faculty, as well as a new event space. The building will feature innovative spaces including a one-button studio, simulation room, behavioral research lab, and the University’s Center for Applied Ethics. Facility enhancements such as these will further position the Dolan School as a destination of choice for students looking for a business degree informed by Jesuit values.”

The Dolan School has been named among the best undergraduate business schools in the United States and the best in Connecticut according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and US News & World Report and College Factual rank its accounting, finance, and marketing disciplines in the top 25 nationally. Additionally, Dolan School is one of only 5% of schools nationwide accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Other new facilities under construction or in the planning phases include a new dormitory, a new parking facility, an expansion of the University’s Barone Campus Center to include The Tully Dining Commons, and a new building that will house the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.