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When starting this new semester, students probably have classes scattered all around campus. If you are lucky enough to have a class in the new Micron Business and Economics Building on the corner of University and Capital you might be dreading the walk time in between classes. So the question on everyone’s mind is ‘why was it built there and what’s in the old business building?’
Kathleen Anderson, campus planning and facilities management assistant, explained Boise State’s motive.
“It was built and designed as a flagship building, to designate that this is Boise State University,” Anderson said. “When this building was designed, they were looking at it from the (Train) Depot looking down toward the Capital; it’s a pretty incredible sight.”
Anderson also said to note that the class schedules were changed to accommodate the walk from one end of campus to the other, indicating the change from 10 minutes in between classes to the current time of 15 minutes.
The walk may be worth it, because if you’re one of the students around campus that remembers the old bar and apartments that were in that location before, you probably appreciate the change and can understand the university’s need for something different.
But what happened to the former Business Building? According to Suzanne Seigneur, TDM Communications and Outreach Coordinator, the former Business Building is set to be renamed this fall but is still being put to good use. When deciding who would get to utilize the existing space, the university had certain criteria in mind.
“The focus was on bringing academic groups or departments or those groups that support academics into that building because of its very central location,” Seigneur said.
According to campus Update, several programs, offices and colleges are among the new tenants: the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Student Success and Advising Office, McNair Scholars Program, School of Social Work, Department of Sociology, Graduate College (Graduate Admissions and Degree Services and Thesis and Dissertation Office), and the Basque Studies Program, to name just a few.
Not only did these entities get selected to utilize this existing space, there are still classes being held there as well.
“They repainted many of the rooms and also put in new carpeting,” Seigneur said. “So they did refurbish the building for the new tenants.”
Currently, 17 of the former Business Building’s rooms are still functioning classrooms.