How Concordia College is retooling its business program, facilities

New business afoot

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports on Concordia College’s transformation of the Grant Center into the new Offutt School of Business:

When the roughly $13 million project is done, the footprint of the building originally used for food service will remain, but nearly everything else will be different.

“The layout bears absolutely no resemblance,” said Greg Cant, dean of the Offutt School of Business.

The roof will be removed and 1 1/2 stories will be added to the two-story building. New windows are being installed, including a front façade of glass.

The building, which will see the start of construction this spring and completion in Fall 2012, comes amid a change in curriculum and the addition of an endowment. The Forum reports:

Concordia Provost Mark Krejci said the college’s program will be different from other programs because of its emphases on global business and ethics.

“Here, we’re infusing those perspectives throughout all of our courses,” Krejci said.