The official viewing of the Henry W. and Marion Bloch sculpture will take place on Tuesday, August 27, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., as part of the grand opening celebration of the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Eugene Daub, a nationally-celebrated sculptor, created the 8-ft., larger-than-life sculpture. With the aid of numerous photographs of the couple, he captured the couple in their ’60s as they were seen by their children – “always touching each other.”
Daub and his partner, Dr. Rob Firmin, were celebrated earlier this year for the commemorative Rosa Parks sculpture they created for the U.S. Capitol. Daub also has two other pieces in Kansas City – the Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery statues in downtown Kansas City.
The new $32 million, 68,000-square foot Bloch Executive Hall – sitting adjacent to the Henry W. Bloch School of Management – opened for classes on Aug. 19, housing Bloch School’s graduate, executive and entrepreneurship programs, as well as undergraduate classes.
Features include active learning classrooms where students can engage in team and experiential learning as well as traditional lecture hall classes; a finance lab with a simulated trading floor; an innovation lab where students can practice design simulation and prototyping; and a behavioral science research lab where faculty and students engage in applied research in consumer behavior. Also included are a 16-screen media wall, an indoor and outdoor amphitheater and a 200-seat auditorium.
The facility is the result of a gift from Henry W. Bloch, long-time Bloch School benefactor, who said he felt the urgency to act quickly in accommodating UMKC’s growing student population. Bloch said at his age (91), he wanted to actually see the space become a reality.
Bloch Executive Hall was designed and built to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
Award-winning firms, Kansas City-based BNIM and California-based Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners made up the collaborative design team. The builder was JE Dunn Construction.