Saunders College of Business welcomes students and MEDIA to a picnic and tour of the newly renovated Lowenthal Building at Rochester Institute of Technology from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20. At 4:30 p.m., RIT President Albert J. Simone and Saunders—who committed $13 million to the business school in July—will offer brief remarks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“This seems like the appropriate opportunity to celebrate the $3.3 million renovation of Lowenthal, which is intended for the benefit of our students, and the transformations in RIT’s business programs made possible by Phil Saunders’ transformational commitment to RIT’s College of Business,” says Wayne Morse, interim dean.
According to James Yarrington, director of campus planning and design services at RIT, the 30-year-old building’s outdoor façade no longer appears hermetically sealed. “It’s airy, welcoming and inviting with glass bay windows across the east and north sides of the building and a new two-story main entrance with canopy.
“It’s also a positive impact for students because we’ve reconfigured classrooms and computer labs, added a large lecture theater space on the main floor, new student study areas, lounges and vending, and a conference room with adjacent breakout area and kitchenette.” Yarrington says. “Aesthetically we’ve allowed the life and excitement within the building to become noticeable to people walking by, complementing the recent changes on the RIT landscape.”