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      Construction begins on new Brock School of Business building at Samford

      Construction has begun on the site of the new Brock School of Business building at Samford University in Birmingham. (Rendering courtesy of Samford University)

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Construction has begun on the site of the new Brock School of Business building at Samford University in Birmingham.

      School officials said in a statement that the 73,270-square-foot facility is expected to be complete by the fall 2015 semester.

      In early January, the school's board of trustees gave final approval to the estimated $30 million construction project.

      The new building is on the northeast corner of the campus near the law school and a men's residence hall.

      The business school is currently housed in Dwight Beeson Hall, which was constructed in 1970. University officials say the space vacated by the business school eventually will be reassigned to other university departments.

      Amenities in the new building will include:

      Investment Portfolio Room2 Computer Teaching Labs11 ClassroomsInteractive break-out rooms connected to many of the classroomsCommon areas for students to collaborate, build community and promote identification with the business schoolStudent business incubatorA community resource forum able to host up to 400 guests for receptions, meetings and lectures

        Click here to see architectual building plans.

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