Ground Breaking: Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center at Harvard Business School

On April 24, 2014 a ground-breaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction for the 90,000 GSF Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Executive Education Center at Harvard Business School – signaling a global approach to educating business leaders and promoting multi-national understanding, and with aspirations to contribute to world betterment.

This new building, named in honor of a generous gift from the Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao and Family Foundation, will replace Kresge Hall and become the new “front door” to the Executive Education precinct, and enhance connections to the larger surrounding Harvard campus and community.

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust and Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria were joined by the Chao family for the ground-breaking ceremony.

Dean Nohria remarked: “If the 20th century was the American century for business, the 21st century is decidedly a global century, and Harvard Business School must be the place where the world’s best thinking about business and management practice takes place. The Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center will be the gateway to our campus for generations of executives from all over the world and we are deeply grateful for the extraordinary generosity of the Chao family in making this a reality.”

Goody Clancy’s design embodies the spirit of community and shared understanding through spaces for learning, collaborating, socializing, and networking, while respecting the historic character of the McKim, Mead and White campus. The new building is slated to be completed in the Summer of 2016.

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