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Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building to hold open house on Nov. 4

Penn State Berks students are invited to an open house in the college’s new Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building on Friday, November 4, 2011, from 1:00–2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

The new building will house the college’s Business; Engineering; Information Sciences and Technology; Security and Risk Analysis; and Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management degree programs. Academic program coordinators for these degree programs and others will be present to showcase the features of the new building and to discuss the degree programs.

The building includes more than 60,000 square feet, making it the largest academic facility at Penn State Berks. Inside, the Gaige Building will offer not only the quantity but also the quality of space that the college’s evolving academic programs require:

  • Nine new classrooms, equipped with state-of-the-art communications technologies, will enable the college to offer new ccourses and enhance existing ones.
  • Dedicated laboratory space will allow more sustained and sophisticated investigations.
  • Fifty new faculty offices will make it possible for dedicated educators to spend more time working one-on-one with students and with each other.
  • A café with 36 seats indoors and another 36 seats on the adjoining patio, and kitchen area that will also serve as laboratory space for the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management degree program.

In addition, a lecture hall, conference rooms, a design studio, student study areas, and a cafe also will also be housed in the building.

Above all, the Gaige Building will make it possible for Penn State Berks to deepen partnerships with businesses and communities throughout the region. By providing space for three extraordinary initiatives—the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement, the Learning Factory, and the Emerging Technologies and Business Intelligence Laboratory—the facility will help to make the campus an even more important leader for growth and innovation.

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