Becoming A Reality

Heavener Hall is quickly taking shape, and the College’s undergraduate community can’t wait for the new home of the Heavener School of Business to be complete.

The state-of-the-art building, which occupies the corner of campus adjacent to West University Avenue and Southwest 13th Street, has recently passed some significant milestones in the construction phase. The most recent development was the building’s “topping out” in late January where the last beam was placed on top of the building.

“We’re making a lot of progress,” said James Marini, Project Manager at Ajax Building Corporation. “All structural elements are in place, including all concrete slabs on all the floors, and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure is ongoing on all levels.”

Although construction has gone smoothly, there’s still much work to be done, Marini said. The next major phases of construction are having the building “dried in,” where the roof and exterior doors and windows are completely installed to allow workers the opportunity to proceed with activities that require completely dry conditions. Also, in the near future, Ajax will be working on completion of the bridge connecting Heavener Hall to neighboring Bryan Hall.

While Heavener Hall will be equipped with advanced technology and first-rate classrooms, the aspect Horace Tucker, Associate Director of the Heavener Business School, is most looking forward to is the sense of community the building will bring.

“Heavener Hall will provide our students with the world-class facility they have long deserved,” Tucker said. “Portions of the building will be accessible to our students 24/7. We are very excited for our faculty, staff and students.”

Heavener Hall was made possible thanks to alumnus James W. “Bill” Heavener (BSBA ’70), whose lead gift spearheads a $38 million initiative to invest in undergraduate business education.

Heavener Hall is being designed by Schenkel & Shultz Inc. of Orlando and Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York. Ajax Building Corporation of Tallahassee is serving as the project’s construction manager. Construction is scheduled to end in September, and classes are slated for January 2015.