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.
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.