MANHATTAN, Kan. — The $60 million College of Business Administration building at Kansas State University officially opened for use this semester.

The building is a little over 160,000 square feet and is the culmination of more than five years of planning, fundraising and collaboration.

The college’s senior director of development Darin Russell says officials wanted the building to have a corporate feel, but blend in with the campus.

According to Stacy Kovar, associate dean for academic administration, more space for classrooms was the No. 1 priority. The college grew from nine classrooms in its old building, Calvin Hall, to 20 in its new facility.

The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reported that students quickly began using the collaborative areas in the new building. The building has so much meeting space that other departments on campus are using it for some of their needs.

The new facility also has updated technology, including videoconferencing available in every classroom and conference room. In the National Strategic Selling Institute located in the building, students can role-play sales calls and interviews with the new technology.

“It’s not just for marketing majors. We really encourage any business major to try it,” sophomore and student ambassador Amy Scott-Sanjur said. “You always have to know how to sell yourself. It prepares you for how you look, how you’re perceived by other people. It shows you how you approach a front desk for an interview or how you use hand motions.”

The building does not have an official name yet. Kovar said that gifting opportunity is still available.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,