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Completing the Grand Entrance

ugrad-admissions-Exterior_Crop_lgWith the planned completion of the Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building in July 2012, the grand entry to SCU first conceptualized in 1995 will finally be finished.

“At that time, there were parking lots on both sides of Palm Drive before the Arts and Sciences building existed. So our concept was that when you looked down Palm Drive, you would have a view of the Mission Church framed on both sides by buildings. The Schott building completes the Palm Drive master plan from a building point of view,” says Joe Sugg, assistant vice president for university operations.

The building will unite the offices of Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid, the Bursar, and the Registrar, in one convenient, easy-to-find location for both current and prospective students.

The 25,000-square-foot building’s sustainable design unites SCU’s California Mission past with 21st-century technologies. “From a green building point of view, it will be an LEED Gold building, which repeats what we’ve done with other recent construction regarding the use of sustainable materials, energy conservation, water conservation, natural light, efficient HVAC systems, and other sustainable design elements,” Sugg says.

Also set for completion in July 2012 is the redesign of the Graham Residence complex. The original complex, erected in 1963 as the first residence hall exclusively for women, was demolished this past June. The temporary loss of 250 beds was offset by the opening of the 1260 Campbell complex this fall, with 400-plus beds. The Graham re-opening will result in a net gain of 100 on-campus beds.

The facility—four buildings joined by covered bridges—will include two classrooms, a multipurpose room, a theater, lounges, and joint bathrooms for every two rooms.

“The Graham complex is part of the overall plan to get more students living on campus, which is something the city and the community have asked us to do,” Sugg explains.

The campus’s continual evolution in terms of its physical space dovetails with the ongoing goal to provide optimal educational experiences for students.

“Our curriculum has changed. The way students learn now has changed from 15 years ago. It’s much less lecture and much more collaborative learning, which requires a different kind of space and a different set of tools,” Sugg says. “So the University, to stay current and be competitive, continues to upgrade its method of delivery in terms of providing the kind of learning environment that is needed for students and the type of research environment that’s needed for faculty scholarship.”