The campaign for a new flagship building for the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business began seven years ago, and since 2009, construction has just been part of the scenery on the U’s Business Loop.

Now, thanks in part to a $17.5 million donation from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, business students won’t have to wait any longer. The beautiful, new $72 million Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building will be officially dedicated on the U campus Thursday, Nov. 10.

An initial “challenge grant” from the Eccles Foundation generated more than $34 million for the building, and Legislative funds covered $23 million for the project.

To celebrate, the school is sponsoring several events worth checking out:

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place in the first floor atrium on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.

Alumni, students, donors and friends are invited to mingle with faculty and staff for an open house on Friday, Nov. 11.

And lastly, a pre-game “tailgate” party is planned before the football game against UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Currently, only phase one of the building is open, but when phase two is completed in May 2013, three major pavilions will be the building’s highlights:

The James Lee Sorenson Leadership Pavilion, named for a famed entrepreneurial leader, will hold graduate education and features a 270-seat auditorium, student lounges and a café and terrace. (Phase one)

The C.R. England Student Community Pavilion, named after C.R. England refrigerated trucking company, has a large space for special events and breakout rooms for student-faculty interaction. (Phase two)

The Ken Garff Classroom Pavilion, named for the late car dealer, will hold 11 classrooms, a seminar room and a trading floor for business simulations, plus faculty research labs and offices. (Phase 2)

“It is fitting that we name our new home the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building in recognition of the decades of tremendous support from the Eccles Foundation and the family’s legacy of leadership in the state’s and nation’s business communities,” said Taylor Randall, Dean of the School of Business, in a recent press release.

Spencer Eccles, Chairman Emeritus of the Intermountain Region of Wells Fargo & Co., is an alumni and has supported the U for decades. “I am excited to see great things come out of this innovative business school,” he said in a recent press release. “ It’s going to make a positive impact on the economic vitality and business leadership in our state.”

Photos by Jan Stevenson