A strategically important building for the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is now a reality because of significant contributions by private donors and taxpayers.
After 13 years of fundraising for the $20 million facility, Anheuser-Busch Hall opened its doors in August 2017 as UMSL’s first space solely dedicated to business education.
“The completion of this building achieves a longstanding vision for a more unified College of Business Administration,” said Charles Hoffman, dean of the college. “The design encourages additional interaction among world-class faculty across a variety of disciplines and extends our commitment to developing a more diverse and competitive workforce.”
Within the 51,293-square-foot facility built by ICS Construction Services are six classrooms, two seminar rooms, three conference rooms and 32 faculty offices.
UM System President Mun Choi said Anheuser-Busch Hall will further the university’s mission to advance the welfare of students and benefit the global society.
“This is where innovative teaching will occur so that we have financiers, accountants and marketing specialists that are going to go out and continue the economic development of St. Louis and the state,” Choi said. “This is where outstanding faculty members will pursue research that will be presented at national and international conferences. This is also where our faculty and students will translate research and teaching for the benefit of the citizens of Missouri.”
Distinctive features of the building include:
- the Executive Education Room, a two-story space with adjoining kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows and nine 60-inch display monitors
- the Dave Ganz Room, a tiered classroom funded by $1 million in donations from former students
- and the Trading Room, which features a curved glass wall, 12 Bloomberg terminals and a real-time financial stock ticker.
Anheuser-Busch Hall is also on track to receive LEED Gold environmental sustainability certification, highlighting UMSL’s latest effort to be an active participant in the green building movement.
In addition to a $2.5 million lead gift from the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, 724 other private and corporate donors contributed to the building. The state of Missouri matched those donations by releasing $10 million in state funding.
Bill Bradley, vice president of community affairs for Anheuser-Busch, said the company currently employs about 90 UMSL alumni and was pleased to give back to the university.
“Anheuser-Busch Hall brings a sense of pride to those alumni and our entire company as we recognize the educational and career opportunities it will bring to UMSL’s students,” Bradley said. “We know that many future leaders at Anheuser-Busch and in the St. Louis business community will walk through these very doors.”