Doster recently won a bid with Jacksonville State University for their new School of Business and Industry.  The new building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York City and Davis Architects of Birmingham, will sit on the former site of Merrill Hall which suffered irreparable tornado damage in 2018 and housed the School of Business and Industry for nearly fifty years.

Doster broke ground on the new state-of-the-art 105,000-square-foot School of Business and Industry in January. The new building will include a 300-seat auditorium, three-story atrium and common space, 12 academic classrooms, a finance lab, faculty and staff offices, and a Dean’s suite.

The site is a gateway to the campus from the north along Highway 21 and will serve as the anchor for the north part of the expanding Northeast Alabama campus. The new building considers the traditional gothic architecture of the main buildings on campus, while seeking to serve as a bridge between the past and future of the campus architecture. A three-story atrium and commons space will serve as the hub for the northern part of campus and is intended to be used by all students as a gathering space, with a café’ looking out onto a landscaped exterior courtyard space.

The JSU School of Business and Industry houses the departments of applied engineering, communication, management and marketing, and finance, economics and accounting. It is also home to the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Economic Development and the Center for Economic Education. The school is accredited by AACSB International and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including a top ranked online MBA. For more information, visit

Construction is scheduled to complete in 2021.