By Patrick Verel and Claire Curry
The Gabelli School of Business has a new address on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus with the reopening of 140 West 62nd Street, the building that housed Fordham Law School for more than five decades.
The four-story structure opened its doors in late July after a $70-million renovation that transformed it, over the course of two years, into a midtown Manhattan center for business education.
In addition to housing the Gabelli School of Business, the renovated 140 West 62nd Street has a student center and provides three new floors of space for the Quinn Library, formerly situated in the lower level of Lowenstein.
The Gabelli School is expanding at Lincoln Center in more ways than one. The Bachelor of Science in Global Business continues to grow at a far greater rate than forecast: nearly 300 freshmen, sophomores and juniors are enrolled this fall, and next year will be the first with all four classes in place. About 2,000 graduate students are enrolled across three formats of the MBA, 11 MS degrees and two doctoral programs: a PhD, which recently welcomed its first students, and a Doctor of Professional Studies program, which launched in March.
The West 62nd Street building was designed to encourage interaction among students at all levels, reflecting the 2015 unification of the undergraduate and graduate business schools.
“This is a game-changer in the way we interact with students,” said Donna Rapaccioli, PhD, dean of the Gabelli School. “There is an advantage to having faculty, doctoral students, master’s students and undergraduates in the same space to share ideas.
“There is an added benefit from the layout of the building itself,” she said. “It was designed to support teamwork, which, as we always remind our students, is an inescapable feature of today’s business world.”
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The layout includes 61 faculty offices and 11 classrooms and lecture halls, two with 125-seat capacity. The building features a boardroom-style space, several study rooms, conference rooms, workstations for graduate assistants and a suite for academic and career advising.
The trading room, equipped with Bloomberg financial-data terminals, offers access to the latest business technology and space for group and individual projects. Students and faculty are conducting research and connecting with New York City businesses in the Innovation Lab, which is overseen by the Center for Digital Transformation, and the Innovation Center, which supports initiatives related to AshokaU, the international consortium of universities devoted to creating positive change in society.
“As Jesuit business educators, we are preparing our students to solve the world’s problems,” Rapaccioli said. “This space leverages technology to the greatest extent to give students the tools they need to accomplish great things.”