Fall 2015

Forbes Building: A New Front Door

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Stop by the Forbes Building just south of Old Main this fall and take in the facelift to the building’s lobby, the crossroads of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for 100 years.

Entirely funded by private support, the $1.9 million renovation has transformed the Forbes lobby into an academic and career services hub for students, faculty, career counselors, and business partners. 

The lobby is “the symbolic front door of our college,” Shane Burgess, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, says of the remodel. “Our goal was to breathe new life into this historic building and provide our students with the appropriate place to prepare and launch into productive careers.” 

Academic counseling and career-building services are front and center. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to meet with the college’s visiting business partners in offices available for private interviews as well as a board-style conference room. The close proximity of academics and industry will facilitate networking and provide students with additional access to job opportunities.     

Patricia Grant ’05, a member of the college’s alumni board, has watched the lobby’s transformation from the start. 

“I am thankful that much of the old charm was left intact,” Grant says. “As alumni come back to visit, Forbes will still feel like home — just a much more impressive home than we remember.”   

Built in 1915 and identifiable by its eight pillars, Forbes was originally known as the Agriculture Building. It was named after Robert H. Forbes, the first dean of the college, in 1985.