Serial donors Robert and Jan Weissman have outdone themselves with a $36.3M gift to Babson College that the Wellesley school will use in part to start building a 10,000 sq.ft. collaboration center designed to help fuel entrepreneurial ideas.
Both Weissmans have degrees from Babson, as do two sons and a daughter-in-law, and the elder Weissmans have really paid things forward with a record-setting $100M in donations to the school so far. Robert Weissman made a killing in the cable TV and technology industries.
In prepping for its Centennial in 2019, Babson is going for a bold new look. It also has a mega-sports/recreation facility in the works, though has curiously not shed any light on how much that project might cost.
As for the new collaboration center, Babson says it will feature “a four-season garden for use by students and will serve as the gateway to Horn Library, making it much more accessible. Within the new structure will be group study areas and informal gathering spaces, a café, and a new home for the Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance. This new construction will also establish centralized locations for Babson’s academic and extracurricular resource centers, create a state-of-the-art classroom, and provide additional faculty and staff offices.”