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New Business School Facility Creates Global Classroom through State-of-the-Art Technology

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10 -- With videoconferencing-ready classrooms, wireless Internet access, and 16 team project rooms, Santa Clara University’s new Lucas Hall facility will give its Leavey School of Business students firsthand experience with leading-edge, 21st-century technology.

The 86,000 square-foot, $49 million building is being dedicated Sunday, September 14 at 11 a.m. by University President Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., with University leaders and key donors in attendance.

“The new Lucas Hall building is a tremendous asset for Santa Clara University’s business-school students and for the community,’’ said President Locatelli. “They will leave these halls as ethical leaders with technological, business and global acumen that will enrich their companies and make the world a better place.’’

The new three-story facility, which is two and a half times the size of the former business school hub, comes decked out with 12 classrooms, six executive-style conference rooms, and 16 team project rooms. All are wirelessly connected and most are high-definition, teleconferencing-ready.  This Cisco-based networking and telecommunications infrastructure makes enterprise-class technology available to students, faculty and staff. 

The high-definition video and voice technology, provided by Pleasanton-based Polycom, has made SCU’s business school headquarters one of the most technologically advanced in the world. It will enable professors to bring top national and global business leaders into the classroom through crisp, vivid virtual connections and facilitate collaboration with other universities worldwide. Using a simple Internet connection, too, traveling students won’t have to miss a single class.

The building is named after Silicon Valley venture capitalist Donald L. Lucas, whose leadership has included stints on the boards of directors of National Semiconductor, Oracle, Cadence Design Systems, Macromedia, and several others. Lucas donated the initial $15 million to help SCU launch the building’s capital campaign. 

“With the rapid expansion in many industries, Silicon Valley needs strong business leaders more than ever,’’ said Lucas, who is also the father of two SCU alumni. “With this beautiful new facility, Santa Clara University will be able to continue its leadership in educating top-notch, globally minded executives.’’

“Initial planning for Lucas Hall began in 1999, and it reflects the best of Silicon Valley’s technological innovation and spirit,” said Business School Dean Barry Posner, who has led the business school since 1996. “The wait was well worth it. “

Many Bay Area technology companies and foundations also contributed cash or technology to Lucas Hall. Among the local and national contributors:


Cadence Design Systems

Bank of America

Koret Foundation


Cisco Systems

Applied Materials


Reflecting Santa Clara University’s commitment to green and sustainable building, Lucas Hall was built using national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines to reduce energy consumption. It also features dozens of energy-efficiency measures, including dual-switched and motion-sensitive lights; energy-optimized heating and air conditioning; and recycled and recyclable chairs.

About the Leavey School of Business
The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1926, and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. Its undergraduate business program is among the top 35 in the nation (and among top three in California), its MBA program has ranked in the top 15 for the last decade, and its Executive MBA is ranked 19th in the U.S.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 8,685 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus masters and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.

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