Harvard Begins Construction on New Tata Hall

Late last week Harvard Business School broke ground on Tata Hall, the new facility that will house HBS’s executive education program. Tata Hall is named in honor of Ratan Tata, whose cluster of companies and nonprofit organizations (all of which bear his name) donated $50 million toward construction of the new building.

In some respects, Ratan Tata is uniquely qualified to help steer the construction of the new building, since he is a 1975 graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program for senior executives. As one of India’s (and the world’s) most successful businessmen, he no doubt was eager to leave a lasting legacy at Harvard.

The new facility will sit in the northeast corner of the HBS campus, next to McArthur Hall, the executive education residence hall that was built in the late 1990s. Once Tata Hall is completed in 2013, it will finish the executive education quad that will also include the residence halls McArthur, Baker, and Mellon; the classroom buildings McCollum and Hawes; the dining hall Kresge; and the Glass administration building.

Tata Hall, which is estimated to cost $100 million to complete, will house two executive education classrooms and enough residences to house nearly 180 students. One notable architectural feature is the buildings extensive use of glass, to give students on higher floors an unobstructed view of the Charles River.

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