25 Oct Hyland Hall at UW-Whitewater Business School Opens
WHITEWATER – Business education in Wisconsin is about to get better with the opening of Timothy J. Hyland Hall, home to the nationally recognized College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The $41.5 million state-of-the-art building, named after Timothy J. Hyland, a 1982 accounting graduate who made a significant contribution to the building, makes a statement about the university’s business college..
“Hyland Hall provides the College of Business and Economics an image that mirrors the quality of our programs, our faculty members and our students,” said Interim Dean Lois Smith.
Designed to have a corporate look and feel, Hyland Hall isn’t a typical academic building. It features an innovation and business development outreach center, an applied investment center that allows real and simulated stock trading, a 400-seat auditorium and an executive boardroom. Classrooms are equipped with the latest technology, demonstrating the college’s continued commitment to creating a “no-limits” learning environment for students.
Hyland Hall presents reach out to the region in terms of hosting conferences and other events,” said Chancellor Richard Telfer “I also believe that the Kachel Center for Innovation and Business Development will bring even more regional businesses on campus to work with our experts. It’s going to add a new dimension to the campus, one that has been needed for some time.”
At 180,000 square feet, Hyland Hall is more than twice the size of the former business building and boasts 50 percent more classroom space. It includes 34 flat and tiered classrooms, three computer labs, two 150-seat lecture halls, one seminar room and four student project rooms.
The state provided $36.3 million for the building project, along with $5.5 million in gifts and $500,000 in campus funds. The building project added 450 jobs and added $93 million to the local economy, according to press releases by the Govenor and the University.
“One of the best ways we can position Wisconsin for long-term growth is by investing in our world-class University of Wisconsin system,” Governor Doyle said. “Hyland Hall represents a significant investment in the Whitewater region and will ensure that UW-Whitewater will continue its leadership for years to come. I’m proud to celebrate this opening today as we take another significant step toward energy independence.”
As part of a successful pilot program to recycle building materials on state construction projects, the Hyland Hall project used extensive recycling practices. The project recycled about 97 percent of the building debris and 65 percent of construction waste.