International Business Center groundbreaking to feature flyover and procession of 70 flags

Business students from 70 nations will carry their country's flags during visually striking event
International Business Center groundbreaking to feature flyover and procession of 70 flags

Published Mar. 13, 2013

Approximately 200 guests will join Lynn University to break ground on its International Business Center, the new home of Lynn’s College of Business and Management, at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 22. The ceremony will include a procession of students carrying flags from the 70 nations represented by those enrolled in the business school to be followed by another procession of students carrying banners representing the nine majors of the school.

In addition, an orchestrated flyover by two of the Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics airplanes and music by Lynn Conservatory musicians are planned.

“The event is sure to be beautiful and memorable for all of those who attend,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “We are thrilled about the the International Business Center as it will be a fitting home for our College of Business that is designed to enhance student and faculty interaction and foster innovative thinking.”

The groundbreaking will start with opening remarks by President Ross who will recognize the donors, Board of Trustees, the architectural firm Gensler, Gerrits Construction, the construction manager and business school alumni, among other groups. He will then welcome Thomas Kruczek, dean of the College of Business, to the stage who will discuss the building’s many unique and cutting-edge design features. Kruczek will then introduce Ivana Pancevsak from Macedonia who will provide a student’s perspective.

After this, President Ross will again take the stage to ask the audience to “look to the sky” for the flyover. The Lynn planes have been cleared to fly at 600 feet above the crowd. As he buzzes the audience, Jeff Johnson, dean of the Lynn School of Aeronautics, will speak to them from the plane's radio and thank the donors for their support for the new business school building.

Once the flyover has occurred, the donors, business school faculty and other attendees will then be invited to break ground for the business school at the two dig boxes prepared for the occasion. 

Donors and their families and guests, trustees, local business leaders (BDB and chamber boards), city leaders, representatives of the convention visitors bureau, alumni and parents of current students are some of the groups that will make up the audience of approximately 200 invited guests.

Due to construction at the site, the ceremony will take place at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center lawn directly adjacent to where the construction is occurring.

The groundbreaking comes just months after Lynn announced it received a lead gift of $6 million for the building’s construction from an anonymous alumni donor. The donor has challenged the school with raising an additional $3 million. Once this money is raised, the donor will provide another $3 million to complete the $12 million needed for construction. 

the International Business Center

In addition to Gensler, the school is working with the engineering firm Buro Happold to design the new building with features that include the following highlights:

  • 32,000 square feet of flexible spaces and common work areas to foster impromptu collaboration
  • International Business Center 1a design that is targeting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification—the highest level of certification awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • takes advantage of natural sunlight as a lighting source, decreasing the need for artificial lighting and will include rainwater harvesting to reduce the use of ground water
  • will have space for outside organizations (for-profit and not-for-profit) to come into the college for selected, short-term projects

The building’s LEED design is a continuation of the schools aggressive efforts to improve the sustainability of its operations, which include the recent launch of the largest energy saving effort of its kind in Florida, designed to cut more than 30 percent from its utility spending thanks to an energy savings performance contract with Siemens Building Technologies Division. Additionally, the building’s focus on flexible and open spaces supports the school’s core belief in supporting all styles of learners with a focus on ensuring individual success.

Download additional high resolution renderings of Lynn's new International Business Center on Flickr.

“This brilliant design is forward-leaning and provides the work and classroom spaces that will help foster learning and innovative thinking,” Kruczek said. “It focuses on flexible spaces for different learning styles in a structure that places sustainability at the heart of its design. I can’t think of a better place to teach future business leaders the skills they’ll need to succeed in a dynamic and ever-changing global business environment.”