Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center

BGSU means business as it marks construction of Maurer Center

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News When  the dignitaries gathered in front of the former Hanna Hall on the Bowling Green State University campus Saturday to apply shovels to dirt, they were marking work that had actually begun 10 months ago. Over Christmas break last year, crews and machinery descended on the parking lot on the other side of Hanna Hall and dug in to relocate utilities lines. That marked the beginning of work on a new home for the College of Business, and the future of business education at BGSU. But that gap between actual and ceremonial work is insignificant compared to the more than decade the project has been considered, a period that spanned the administrations of four university presidents. Hanna Hall is now a shell and to the east the footers and foundation outline what will be a 50,000-square foot addition — twice the size of the original building. Inside visitors have to use their imaginations to envision what President Rodney Rogers boldly declared will be “the most innovative space in the United States, if not the world.” The Robert W. And Patricia A. Maurer Center will be completed by summer 2020, and ready for students by the beginning of that fall semester. BGSU celebrated this new chapter in its history on the Saturday morning of homecoming. Business Dean Raymond Braun said that the center with its active learning classrooms and open design with space for collaboration will prepare students for the modern business environment. The design team, he said, traveled to corporate offices to see what was needed. The Maurer Center was created to help students develop the critical thinking, presentation, and teamwork that the business world requires, Braun said. The time of professors in front lecturing and students taking notes is over. All the classrooms in the Maurer Center will be active learning classrooms. Nijah Slaughter, a junior business administration student from Detroit, testified to the value of that approach. She came to BGSU because of the high rankings of the business program, and her time here has confirmed the wisdom of her choice. Her experience at BGSU has been “nothing short of amazing.” She believes that the new center will further enhance the education of future students. In active learning classrooms, she said: “The professor engages you in discussions with your peers where you solve problems and practice your presentations. You definitely cannot come…


Groundbreaking for BGSU’s Maurer Center part of homecoming

Bowling Green State University will host a groundbreaking for its new Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center Oct. 13. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn in front of the former Hanna Hall and will include remarks from BGSU President Rodney Rogers, Raymond Braun, dean of the BGSU College of Business; Daniel Keller, chair of the BGSU Board of Trustees; Nijah Slaughter, business administration student; and the Maurer family. Robert Maurer, a 1965 BGSU alumnus, and Patricia Maurer made a transformative gift of $5 million to fund the new business facility, which will open in the fall of 2020. The state-of-the-art building will create a culture of engagement, innovation and creativity, with a focus on spaces and classrooms that foster active learning and collaboration. The groundbreaking will be streamed live on www.facebook.com/bgsubiz/.    


BGSU has long to-do list of summer construction projects

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Orange construction fencing is back in style at Bowling Green State University. Once students leave the fences go up for projects, large and small. Some are unglamorous, though essential, like the upgrading of the tunnel under Thurstin Street that brings services from the university steam plant  to campus. Others are signature projects. With the Kuhlin Center completed a few years ago, and the renovated University and Moseley halls opened for business last fall, now the university turns its attention to the Robert W. and Patricia A Maurer Center. The Maurer Center will cost $44.5 million, with other projects coming in at $18.66 The Maurer project will transform Hanna Hall into the new home for the College of Business. That includes a 40,000-square-foot addition twice the size of the original building. Bruce Meyer, interim vice president for capital planning and campus operations, said the remediation of the inside of the building is complete, now interior demolition will begin. Workers will remove windows and knock down walls. Programming to determine the interior layout is being completed. The project is scheduled to be completed by the start of the fall, 2020, semester. The concept is to open up the inside space while maintaining a vintage look on the exterior of the existing building. Hanna’s east wall will be preserved with the new addition built over it. The building will incorporate the traditional with the contemporary, Meyer said. The open space will be conducive to collaboration among faculty and students. The style will be like a modern corporate space allowing for a smoother transition for students going from campus to careers. Work in the new movie theater spaces in Olscamp and the student union has commenced. That’s where the Gish Film Theater programming will move. The seats from the Gish have been put in storage, Meyer said. The summer started with one of the most notable projects – the demolition of Harshman Quad. Meyer said the removal of the residence hall complex opens up the view into campus. He said he’s surprised by the number of people taking photos of the site and the campus beyond. The debris will be removed by late August with the project finally buttoned up by October. Grass and trees will be planted, he said, as university officials ponder future use of the site. One possibility is an expanded parking lot, but Meyer…


Construction boom continues at BGSU

DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The transformation of the former Hanna Hall into the Robert and Patricia Maurer Center, the new home for the College of Business, took a large step forward when the Bowling Green State University trustees approved the final funding for the $44.5 million project. The project involves extensively renovating the 1921 building and constructing an addition on the eastern face more than doubling its size. Trustees also approved the naming of a variety of spaces within the building for private donors, whose funds are a linchpin of the financing of the building. Trustees approved $37,327,420. The trustees had already approved the balance of the funding. Sheri Stoll, the university’s chief financial officer, said that the university will borrow $28 million to pay for the project with the balance coming from private donors. She said that $11 million in donations and pledges for the project have already been received. “We’re making very, very good progress.” President Rodney Rogers also expressed confidence that the university would meet its goal. He said that the project has been a decade in the making. When he arrived on campus as business dean, people were talking about the inadequacy of the building housing business. “These facilities are lagging other business schools in the state.” He predicted that the new center “will drive enrollment and serve constituencies on campus.” Construction on the project has already begun with the relocation of utility lines under the nearby parking lot that started over the winter break. The project will be completed by summer, 2020, in time for the beginning of the fall semester. The building will include the offices for the college, classrooms and open areas, all intermixed, to promote collaboration. The current College of Business building will still be used for classes. At the end of the semester the programs still in the building will move to new locations. That includes the Gish Theatre being relocated to the theater in the student union, and with other parts of the collection going to Jerome Library and the Department of Theatre and Film. The trustees also approved the funding for upgrading the forensic science facilities in the Life Sciences Building and doing extensive maintenance to the exterior and interior of Eppler Hall. The state is funding the $1 million forensics project. The project will involve creating a forensics teaching lab and an office suite on the first…


Gish, Women’s Center, Geography Department moving to make room for Maurer Center

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University is making final preparations for the transformation of Hanna Hall into the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center, the new home for the College of Business. A transformational gift from the Maurers of Bowling Green provided major support for the new facility that will bear their names in recognition of their longtime service and generosity to BGSU. The $44.5 million renovation and expansion will include high-tech classrooms, an atrium gathering place, a student success center, a café and a wide range of meeting areas and other amenities to keep BGSU at the forefront of educating business students. Construction will begin in fall 2018. In preparation, the current occupants of the building – the Department of Geography, the Gish Film Theater and the Women’s Center – will be relocated to new homes at the end of the current academic year. According to Provost and Senior Vice President Rodney Rogers, the geography department will move to Hayes Hall to be closer to the Department of Geology, which along with the Department of the Environment and Sustainability makes up the School of Earth, Environment and Society. Eventually the entire school will be brought together. The Gish Film Theater will be moved to the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. The theater will continue to recognize the contributions of Ohio actresses Dorothy and Lillian Gish with a display featuring photographs and other items from Lillian Gish’s estate. The rest of the Gish collection will be housed in University Libraries. “This project allows us to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students while honoring the legacy of the Gish sisters,” Rogers said. “Moving the theater to the center of campus will highlight the Gishes’ contribution to early film for our students and the community.” In addition, a lecture hall in Olscamp Hall will be updated to meet the teaching and learning needs of the University’s film program. The remodeled classroom and group viewing space will be named for Dr. Ralph H. Wolfe, replacing the current center in Hanna Hall. Over his 50-year affiliation with BGSU, Wolfe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Gish Professor of Film Studies, championed film studies and was instrumental in the establishment of the Gish Film Theater. The BGSU Board of Trustees approved the naming of the viewing center in his honor in 2009. BGSU announced last spring that the Women’s Center will also…


Hanna Hall to get new name & purpose as Maurer Center, home for BGSU College of Business Administration

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Another century-old property on the Bowling Green State University is about to get a make-over thanks in part to a lawyer who owns a lot of property around Bowling Green. The BGSU Board of Trustees Friday took the first steps to begin the $44.8 million project to convert Hanna Hall in the new home of the College of Business Administration. The trustees approved spending $5.7 million in design and pre-construction services. These services include moving a fiber optic cable. The trustees also approved the naming of the building the Robert W and Patricia A. Maurer Center in recognition of a “transformational gift” of $5 million toward the project. The design work will begin later this year with the 22-month construction phase beginning in 2018. The building will open in fall, 2020. Robert Maurer, who graduated from BGSU in 1965 with a degree in accounting before studying law at the University of Toledo, is a partner in partner of Maurer, Newlove, & Bakies. He and his wife own a number of commercial and residential properties in Bowling Green and the area. Maurer told the trustees that he viewed the gift as “an investment.” He expects that investment will pay dividends not just to the university, but to the city of Bowling Green, the state and even the nation. “We’re proud to be part of it.” Mrs. Maurer also attended BGSU.   The background information on the Maurer Center provided to the trustees states: “The over-arching goal of the building interior is to create an active space for faculty, students, and business professionals to engage, collaborate and grow. Interior spaces are visually accessible to each other, promoting interaction and awareness. Classrooms, labs, offices and collaboration spaces are intermixed on each floor in order to activate each level of the building and encourage informal and spontaneous learning.” “This is just going to be incredibly cool,” said Sheri Stoll, vice president for administration and finance. “This is not going to be your buttoned-down, blue-suited college of business building. Think Pixar, think Disney.” The current College of Business Administration will remain an academic building, said University spokesman Dave Kielmeyer. The university expects to fund the project in part with $16 million in private gifts. Three major donations by alumni were made for major spaces within the building. Peggy Schmeltz donated $2 million dollars for the William F. and Peggy…