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Robert Trigaux

Hough name gains clout at UF business school




Whatever happened to that $30 million donation to the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business Administration in 2007 by St. Petersburg business leader William R. Hough? He made history as the donor of the largest private gift UF had ever received. And now we're starting to see the fruit of that gift. The rendering is of William R. Hough Hall which will be located at the main entrance to the campus and designed to blend with other “Collegiate Gothic” historic architecture, along with some more modern twists. Check out this live cam of the site and watch the building be built.

Along with his name gracing this new building, UF's Warrington College of Business Administration -- Hough got his MBA in UF's first business school class in 1948 -- also named its graduate program after him: Hough Graduate School of Business.

Houghgradschoolbizuf_2 Hough was founder of the investment banking firm of William R. Hough & Co., based in St. Petersburg, which he operated for 38 years. The company specialized in municipal bond issues and merged with RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. in 2004. Hough and his wife, Hazel, are prominent philanthropists in St. Petersburg where the impressive downtown Museum of Fine Arts last year unveiled its new Hazel Hough Wing. (Photo courtesy of UF.)

At UF, construction manager Ajax Building Corp. expects to complete Hough Hall in May 2010, in time for the fall semester so the Warrington business college can consolidate graduate programs into one, 70,000-square-foot complex. Indoors, graduate and executive business students will be greeted by a three-story sun-bathed atrium gathering spot, as well as five large classrooms, two flexible seminar rooms, 17 student breakout rooms, two open student lounges and workspace for staff and administrators.

Best of all, there's a "financial markets lab" so students can participate in simulated trading of stocks and commodities. You can even have the markets lab named after you, according to the Hough UF Web site, for only a cool $1 million.

The building was designed by Rowe Architects in Tampa and Sasaki Associates in Boston. Check out who's already committed to putting their names on various pieces of Hough hall.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:24am]


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