A walk-through of the new Rawls College of Business building at Texas Tech yields uncommon sites for an academic building -- lime green and purple chairs, immense daylight and plenty of seating for studying, eating or relaxing by bright colorful artwork or the digital fireplace.
Bob Rhoades, assistant dean for finance and administrative services in the college, said the space was created to accommodate students and faculty who spend much of their time in the building. There are study spaces and wireless Internet for those who need to get work done, and dining options and seating for those who have a quick lunch break in the building.
"This building is designed to meet the needs of today's students, today's faculty," Rhoades said.
The building also will meet the needs of students in the distant future, he said. The design is flexible and expansion was built into the plans.
The building will open for spring 2012 classes. It is designed to handle about 3,600 undergraduate students and about 1,000 graduate students.
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