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Construction begins on Gus Machado School of Business

St. Thomas U. president expects state-of-the-art building to be in use by fall 2020

The Gus Machado Business School Complex at St. Thomas University

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The Gus Machado Business School Complex at St. Thomas University "will provide a state-of-the art learning facility that together with our exceptional faculty will prepare our students to thrive in their business careers," said Jorge Rico, vice chair of the university's board of trustees.

MIAMI GARDENS | Construction on the Gus Machado Business School Complex at St. Thomas University will begin this month, university president David A. Armstrong has announced.

“To usher in the New Year, we’re pleased to announce that our building project is underway,” he said. “By fall 2020, we’ll be prepared to offer our new and returning business students enhanced degree programs in technologically-equipped facilities with modern 21st century functionality, which would parallel any competitive, real world business setting.”

Included in the complex will be the Gus Machado School of Business Academic Building, the Business School Administration Building, and the Center for Career Development. This complex will also boast an open-air design flow with a trading floor, global conference auditorium, video telecast room and a sky bridge.

With the construction of the complex and availability of high market demand majors, the School of Business is targeted to double its enrollment. “Ingrained in the DNA of our Gus Machado School of Business is entrepreneurship. We will have the Victor and Lisa Mendelson Institute for Data Science and Analytics and the Institutes for Sports Administration, Cybersecurity Studies, Global Entrepreneurship and Trade & Logistics,” said President Armstrong. “With a focus on ethical leadership, we are seeking corporate partners to advise us on their needs and to bring real life business challenges into the classroom. Our response to industry sector demands includes student internships, business research projects and professional trainings. We look forward to expanding these collaborations.”

St. Thomas continues to incorporate traditional Catholic tenets in its curriculum. Jorge Rico, vice chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, said, “these buildings will provide a state-of-the art learning facility that together with our exceptional faculty will prepare our students to thrive in their business careers.”  

Globally-recognized architectural firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners (B&A) created the award winning complex design. Ford dealership owner Gus Machado and his wife Lilliam generously donated the naming gift for the Business School to support the future career success of young people in South Florida.

For more information about St. Thomas University’s Gus Machado School of Business, please click here.

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