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The University of Dallas broke ground Friday for the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. The $12 million academic building named SB Hall is scheduled to open in Spring 2016.

More than 200 guests gathered for the ceremony on a hill just below the plot for the building, which will overlook Carpenter Freeway and Las Colinas.

“SB Hall will be a treasured landmark,” UD board chair Joseph C. Murphy said in his welcome address.

Among the speakers were Cistercian Abbey Abbot Peter Verhalen, UD student Jessica Hornsby, UD Executive Vice President Robert M. Galecke, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and UD president Thomas W. Keefe.

Satish and Yasmin Gupta also said a few words in appreciation of their education at the university. They gave $12 million toward the building, which is the single largest gift in the university’s 58-year history. It’s named after their company, SB International Inc. in Dallas.

“This is where I started my life in the United States,” Satish Gupta said. “The university holds priceless memories for me.”

His wife also talked expressed her gratitude.

“The university gave us a foundation of love and respect that has had a lasting impact on us,” she said. “We hope students will spread their wings the way we did.”

After ground was broken, Keefe presented the couple with their very own engraved shovels to keep.

“The Gupta’s became successful and never forgot,” Keefe said.

For more information, please visit: www.udallas.edu

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