Announcements 09.14.2020

The Maurer Center Marks New Era of Business Education for Bowling Green State University

The Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University celebrates the new Maurer Center, ushering in a new era of business education

The Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) celebrated its official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center on Friday, September 11, 2020. The goal for the center was to create a new era of business education for BGSU—an incubator for study and collaboration that resembles the modern workplace and prepares students for real-world careers. We partnered with The Collaborative, Inc., on this state-of-the-art renovation and addition project.

The Maurer Center is the academic home for experiential teaching in an active learning environment. The design includes Hanna Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, which is newly restored and an integral part of the overall project. The team worked with BGSU’s College of Business leadership to define and assess space needs in the Maurer Center. These spaces include: Student Success Center, Centers and Institutes, Graduate and Professional Education, Teaching and Learning Space, Administrative Space, Faculty Centers and Collaboration Space.
Meeting areas are dispersed throughout to allow for peer-to-peer cross-disciplinary connections and encourage a range of formal and informal encounters. Classrooms with moveable walls and modular furniture allow students to engage in product planning and real-life research.
One of Hanna Hall’s existing brick walls lines one side of the Maurer Center atrium, serving as a focal point for the three-story space. Planning for Hanna Hall broke the norm, by co-locating staff by their skill set rather than by departments, allowing for maximum interdisciplinary connections throughout.

The light-filled atrium encourages a range of interaction, students can connect with peers, faculty, and employers in stadium seating and terraced small-group meeting. A glazed north façade allows diffused natural light and welcomes students from the newly created quad to the north.

Storytelling throughout highlights student, faculty and alumni success stories and recognizes Hanna Hall’s timeline. Central to the brand visuals – data mapping – is the business school’s focus on data analytics. A dynamic digital ticker embedded in the main stairway enclosure features the business school’s social media feeds and the latest business news.

Take a closer look at the Bowling Green State University Maurer Center in action: innovative learning environments to encourage high-concept, high-tech learning.