Media receives tour of GVSU's L. William Seidman Center
Patrick Center December 11, 2012 | WGVU
“As students, faculty and visitors enter the space they’re going to be able to see the Wall Street tickertape. When persons walk in they’ll feel the ambience of business.”
The interior features arching doorways and vaulted ceilings along with traditional wood and granite. In all, four stories of 110,000 square feet of Silver Leed-Certified construction. But it’s the state-of-the-art design and technology-based infrastructure that’s striking. I asked Dean Williams if the building sets a new standard for higher learning across the country?
“Absolutely it does. You know when we prepared this building, when we worked on the design of this building, we went out across the country and looked at the most recent buildings at business colleges and we learned form them. We obviously adapted the best of what we saw. We made sure not to make the same kinds of mistakes others have made and I think we’re in grand style here. So I think this will se t a national standard and we expect an onslaught, quite frankly, of universities from across the country coming to see our space.”
One with a real-time trading room, too.
“Simulates what’s happening in an investment firm. So on that wall there’ll be a screen that has four different items running at once. We’ll have the clocks of the world there so students can understand what the times are where students are doing business. On the outside we’ll have a touch screen so that students can gain access to data right away on what the market conditions are for example in gold, silver or other commodities or in securities so we’re expecting the students to invest in real dollars.”
There’s no better way to learn. Interactive classrooms, a Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, nearly 3,000 undergraduate and 400 graduate students will this home. Located on the downtown campus GVSU is partnering with 200 West Michigan companies who are providing internships and employment.
That’s how Bill Seidman would have wanted it. In his honor, a bust in a space dedicated to his life story. The new L. William Seidman Center opens its doors in April.
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