Business students attending Marquette University will soon have a building that matches the collaborative nature of their chosen field.

On Wednesday, contractors were still busy completing a host of punch list items – hanging lights and finishing tile accents – but an early look provided a clear picture of the collaborative space envisioned for the new building, which includes an open atrium, classrooms, lab and study spaces, an event space for the business community, a café with a large outdoor patio, and faculty offices.

Sun poured through the windows of the first floor of the building into the Wintrust Gallery, which will serve as both a study space and a peer recreation center. That atrium-like area wraps around an, as yet unnamed, event space, which will double as a classroom space once the building opens to students in December.

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