On Jan. 17, the USFSP Kate Tiedemann College of Business opened Lynn Pippenger Hall in St. Petersburg, a $30 million facility.
The building was named after St. Petersburg resident and former Raymond James Financial Inc. executive, Lynn Pippenger, who donated $5 million to the St. Petersberg campus in 2016 prompting USFSP to honor her.
The four-story, 68,000 square foot building has meeting spaces, over 20 classrooms and a 200 seat auditorium.
“It’s pretty awesome because after I’m leaving class I’m able to come up here and just you know, study and relax,” student Mike Singleton said. “It’s a very comfortable building rather than just being in the library.”
Dean of the Kate Tiedemann College of Business, Sridhar Sundaram, believes the building can create an impact on the St. Petersburg community.
“The community has walked in and said ‘Wow, this is a beautiful facility,'” Sundaram said.
“As we have more and more events we are going to be a resource for them but they also take great pride in having this building in their downtown.”
The facility is home to 1,300 students and 60 faculty members and is hosting various events for the community throughout this year.