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Tulane launches $35 million expansion project

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

To meet rising enrollment, Tulane University has launched a $35 million dollar expansion of it's AB Freeman School of Business.  The expansion will unite the Freeman School's two-building footprint on the uptown campus into a unified structure called the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex.

Tulane says the project will provide new, state-of-the-art learning spaces for the next generation of business students.

"Business students now account for nearly a third of all of our undergraduates," Tulane President Mike Fitts said. "With more than 2,900 students, Freeman is one of the largest of our nine schools. This expansion and renovation will cement Tulane's reputation as one of the top destinations for the nation's brightest students of business."

Plans call for renovating about 40,000 square feet of existing space and constructing an approximately 45,000 square-foot, four-story addition.  The expansion, which is projected to cost $35 million, will include flexible classrooms; expanded breakout rooms for collaborative learning; a new financial analysis lab; a larger, modernized Career Management Center.  

"Freeman’s enrollment has jumped by nearly 50 percent in the last five years, making us one of the fastest-growing business school in the country," said Ira Solomon, Freeman School dean. "This much-needed addition will enable us to meet the widening demand for our educational programs while dramatically enhancing the learning environment for current and future students."

The complex will also feature a sweeping three-story atrium, additional space for faculty offices as well as a newly designed Student Gateway  serve as a gathering space and entrance to the Monroe Quad.  

The project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017,  

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