Wednesday, February 17, 2016

St. Thomas University Unveils Renderings of New Gus Machado School of Business Complex

Rendering of the Gus Machado Business School Complex
St. Thomas University’s Gus Machado School of Business is one step closer to the fruition of its new home with the unveiling of architectural renderings showcasing the newest addition to the 144-acre campus. The first renderings, designed by Bermello, Ajamil and Partners, were revealed during a private reception last night at the home of STU Trustee and alumnus, Jorge Rico,’86.

In attendance for the unveiling were community leaders, board members, successful alumni, and well-known South Florida philanthropist Gus Machado and his wife Lilliam. Last year, Machado provided the naming gift for the School of Business.

“It is an honor to have Gus Machado be part of this transformative project,” said Monsignor Franklyn Casale, STU president. “Our business programs have expanded to meet market demand, including new degree programs in cybersecurity management and trade and logistics. This complex meets an important need of the growing Gus Machado School of Business, and its many multipurpose uses will make it a hub where students meet and exchange ideas.”

The 21st-century complex includes a classroom building that will house the institutes of global entrepreneurship, cybersecurity management, sports administration, and trade and logistics. The building’s open architecture design features multi-purpose spaces that combine robust technology with functionalities that will help students learn real-life business practices, and will be equipped with interactive smart classrooms, audience response technology, networking and audio/visual capabilities, as well as a trading room, a global conference auditorium, the student business incubator, and a communications and media lab. An administration building for the Business School, and a building that will house an expanded Center for Career Development, Alumni Relations and a Business Commons, will round out the “campus-within-a-campus” design.

“We are planning, preparing and building for the future,” said Machado. “My grandfather had a tradition of giving, and Lilliam and I feel blessed to be able to continue his legacy by making a gift that will provide a place where generations to come can learn and grow.”

Construction of the more than 45,000-square-foot complex is slated to begin summer 2016, welcoming its first students in the fall of 2017.

To view the complete renderings, click here.

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