Anyone who was around campus this summer couldn’t miss the bulldozers, cranes, and construction signs posted almost everywhere. The University looked like one major construction zone with renovations and repairs taking place in more than a dozen buildings.
Aside from Benson Memorial Center’s Marketplace and The Bronco, Swig Hall had one of the most dramatic changes with new rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. The basement also boasts a new dance practice room, additional laundry room, recreational area, conference rooms, and even a theatre. As Joe Sugg and Don Akerland from University Operations put it, everything but the concrete was replaced, including the heating, plumbing, and data lines.
Work is also wrapping up at the Mission Church, where crews have been repairing plaster erosion and some minor water damage. Crews removed multiple layers of plaster and paint atop the concrete surface. They also added two new restrooms near the south side of the structure.
Donohoe Alumni House will surely be the next building to take the spotlight when renovations are complete at the end of this quarter. Workers are reinforcing the masonry building with steel beams to support walls and attach the floors and roofs to the exterior walls. The floor plan will also drastically change with more enclosed office space, conference rooms, large meeting rooms, and a living room for guests. A new entrance, expanded bathrooms, and the addition of elevators will also make the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Other improvements on campus include:
- School of Law – new student lounge, a multipurpose room, a new admissions office
- School of Engineering – a new computer lab and research space
- Jesuit School of Theology – roof repairs, electrical upgrades, and safety upgrades
- Walsh and McLaughlin halls – new service desks, sinks, cabinets, and carpeting