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Baylor University dedicates the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation with heartfelt thanks for God’s blessings on Baylor and for the strong partnerships with alumni and friends who have invested in our mission.

The distinctive, collaborative learning environment of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation builds upon a tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of the nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business. Alumni and friends of the University serve as noted leaders in industries at the forefront of today’s national conversations. Some of those leaders share their insights as we explore innovation in technology, energy, and healthcare at the 2015 Leadership + Innovation Summit.

About the Campus

In February 2013 the Baylor University Board of Regents approved fundraising for a new 275,000-square-foot facility to house Hankamer School of Business. An historic gift in June 2013 from El Paso businessman and civic leader Paul L. Foster (BBA ’79) chairman of the board and executive chairman of Western Refining Inc., cleared the path forward for the new facility. Early support from generous members of the Baylor family such as Paul (BBA ’62) and Carol McClinton, Paul and Jane Meyer, Steve (BBA ’73, JD ’75) and Penny Carlile, and Ed (BBA ’73) and Denise Crenshaw, among others, were joined by gifts from over 550 additional donors to propel this dream to reality.

The Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation seamlessly integrates cutting-edge technology to support interactive learning and collaboration. A campus for the ages, its environmentally responsible design is flexible to accommodate the future of technology, teaching methods and departmental needs.

Central to the design is an expansive atrium that encourages interaction among students and showcases signature programs and classrooms. Designed around the "Town Square" concept, the facility’s Earl C. Hankamer Atrium encourages small- and large-group gatherings and conversation with its abundant natural light and comfortable seating, an Au Bon Pain café, meeting tables and informative video displays. This strategic hub for students and faculty alike will become a popular gathering space.

Daytime lighting in the atrium is provided through a unique array of skylights. Each skylight was designed with a custom aperture to maximize light to the first floor as the sun changes location throughout the day. The design also diffuses light on the upper floors to minimize glare and solar heating. Not only is this feature one of the "green" design technologies deployed in the building, it provides a welcoming and natural environment for students, faculty and guests who spend time in the space.

The Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation By the Numbers

Functional space:
  • 275,000 square feet of space
  • 40% increase in size over Hankamer/Cashion buildings
  • 1 Auditorium with 350 seats
  • 7 Large classrooms
  • 9 Seminar rooms
  • 14 Computer/specialty rooms
  • 15 Medium classrooms
  • 36 Team rooms
  • 15 Departmental conference rooms
  • 3 General conference spaces
  • 1 Teleconference room
  • 263 Offices
  • 154 Digital displays
  • 0 Chalkboards
Construction stats:
  • $100 million construction cost
  • Nearly 60% of construction costs spent locally
  • One mile of underground piping and utilities
  • 10 miles of CAT 6A Ethernet cabling
  • 196 drilled piers totaling 5,158 linear feet
  • 600 tons of steel
  • 698 doors
  • 13,500 cubic yards of concrete
  • 14,200 square feet of cast stone
  • 23,000 square feet of precast concrete walls
  • 26,000 square feet of brick masonry walls
  • 31,400 square feet of glass curtain wall
  • 569,000 hours of labor through July 2015
  • 2.6 million pounds of recycled project waste

News

Sep
25
2015
WACO, Texas (Sept. 25, 2015) – Before an appreciative and standing room-only audience in the Meyer Conference Center, Baylor University today dedicated the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the $100 million new home of the university’s nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business.
Aug
25
2015
The start of classes Monday also meant the debut of Baylor’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, the new home for the Hankamer School of Business. Built just down Third Street from the President’s Albritton House and across Bagby Avenue from East Village (map), the new facility offers 40% more square footage for business school students …
May
15
2015
WACO, Texas (May 15, 2015) – At its spring meeting today, the Baylor University Board of Regents voted to establish a new Ph.D. program in entrepreneurship in the Hankamer School of Business and approved $1.1 million for the design and construction of the Simpson Strength and Performance Center in the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center.
Jan
9
2014
Last summer, Paul Foster, BBA ’79, and his wife, Alejandra, gave one of the largest gifts in Baylor history to support a new home for the Hankamer School of Business, the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. Preliminary groundwork is now underway where the facility will go up, at the intersection of 3rd …
Dec
19
2013
WACO, Texas (Dec. 19, 2013) - Baylor University today announced a gift of $1 million from the Carlton Family Foundation, led by Bill and Pat Carlton of Little Rock, Ark., that will create the Carlton Family Foundation Dean's Board Room in the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.
Dec
12
2013
WACO, Texas (Dec. 12, 2013) - Baylor University today announced a gift of $1 million from Ed and Denise Crenshaw of Lakeland, Fla., that will create the Ed and Denise Crenshaw Student Commons within the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The $100 million, 275,000-square-foot Foster Campus will provide a new home for the University's nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business.
Dec
4
2013
WACO, Texas (Dec. 4, 2013) - Baylor University today announced a gift of $1 million from Steve and Penny Carlile of Marshall, Texas, that will create the Steve and Penny Carlile Plaza on the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, a major facility project whose construction was formally approved by Baylor's Board of Regents on Oct. 18.
Nov
21
2013
WACO, Texas (Nov. 21, 2013) - Baylor University today announced a gift of $2.5 million from the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation, based in Waco, Texas, that will establish the Paul and Jane Meyer Conference Center within the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, a major facility project formally approved by Baylor's Board of Regents on Oct. 18.
Nov
12
2013
WACO, Texas (Nov. 12, 2013) - Baylor University today announced a gift of $1.5 million from Paul and Carol McClinton of Waco, Texas, that will name the McClinton Family Auditorium within the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, a major new facility on the Baylor campus that will house the University's Hankamer School of Business.
Oct
18
2013
WACO, Texas (Oct. 18, 2013) - At its annual Homecoming meeting today, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved construction of the new $99 million Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation that will house the University's nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business. The board also approved phase two of Baylor's on-campus track and field stadium, refurbishment plans of North Russell Hall and two new doctoral degree programs in higher education and mechanical engineering.