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The UCF College of Business Administration is undergoing plans to renovate the study spaces in the Business Administration I building.

Paul Jarley, dean of the college, said he hopes to create more welcoming study spaces on the building's first and second floors.

"It's our effort to promote student engagement in the college," Jarley said of the initiative.

The renovation will include floor and wall treatments and innovative use of furniture to create a more collaborative environment where students can comfortably have conversations and work on projects.

Though the plan is still in the early phases of development, Jarley estimates that the effort could cost up to $2 million and will primarily be funded through donations from local individuals and corporations. A start date for the project has not yet been announced.

Susanne Mazza, a senior accounting major, takes all of her classes in the BAI building and frequents the study areas.

"There's not enough seating, studying space and wall plugs for computers," Mazza said. "Business majors study here, not in the library."

Other students have similar thoughts. Constantine Balas, another senior accounting major, studies in the building almost daily.

"The biggest problem I have with the area is there's not enough outlets," Balas said. "When studying as a group, that's the only problem."

Balas is looking forward to the renovations, and said that if better chairs and tables were available, the area would be more inviting, especially for accounting majors who are often required to work on several group projects.

Roy Reid, executive director of communications at the College of Business Administration, said it is too early to set a timeline, and the administration is in the process of gathering information to present to university officials.

"We want to make sure we take our time, so that it becomes a place where people can collaborate," Reid said. "We're excited. There's a lot of opportunity to improve the experience that students have here."

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