Harvard Magazine writes, "Under a dazzling spring sky, with just a hint of cirrus on the horizon—temperatures in the 70s, shadbushes and weeping cherries in full bloom, and leaves bursting to unfurl from every bush and tree on campus—Harvard Business School (HBS) this afternoon formally launched construction of Klarman Hall, its large new auditorium-conference-convening center complex. The facility, approved during the winter by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), will occupy the parcel south of the current Burden Hall (which will be razed later) and east of Spangler Center; occupancy is scheduled for 2018. See a rendering and associated description here.
HBS dean Nitin Nohria was master of ceremonies. After brief remarks, he turned to President Drew Faust, who celebrated “the most beautiful day of 2016—and what a beautiful thing to do on this beautiful day.” Noting the importance of design in creating the HBS campus nearly a century ago, she cited the school’s first dean, Edwin Gay: in dedicating the campus on the site of former wasteland along the Charles River, he had spoken about “stately buildings arising overnight from a swamp,” and evoked the physical embodiment of a “spiritual force” that would, as if by magic, animate and drive the school’s work. Faust said the same magic would be at work in the new facilities, and thanked the benefactors for whom it is named: Seth Klarman, M.B.A. ’82, founder of Baupost Group, a highly successful, value-oriented investment partnership, and Beth Klarman, president of the family foundation..."