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July, 2019

New Buildings Go Up,
Old Ones Come Down

By Richard Wilkinson

New buildings are going up around campus and some old ones have come down to pave the way for future growth. Following are six ongoing or recently completed construction, renovation or demolition projects:

  • Four stories of the seven-story Opus Hall student residence have gone up.
    At the north end of campus, the new Opus Hall student residence already has four stories of its interior structure in place — concrete, floors and columns — out of an eventual seven stories. The residence hall will house 400 students, accommodating the university's undergraduate enrollment growth. Estimated completion date of the building: Spring 2009.

  • Near the center of campus, progress continues on completely renovating the interior of McGivney Hall (formerly known as Keane Hall), putting in new interior walls, electrical wiring and plumbing. Estimated completion date of the building: Summer 2008.

  • The parking lot behind O’Boyle Hall has been expanded from a 40-car lot to a 160-car lot, primarily intended for the use of students who will live in Opus Hall, Flather Hall or the two Millennium residence halls. This expansion was completed in December. Eighty of the new parking spaces replace the spaces lost when Opus Hall construction supplanted a Flather Hall parking lot.

  • A new 6,000-square-foot building housing the university’s groundskeeping equipment and supplies is being completed between O’Boyle Hall and the Capuchin College. It replaces the prefabricated groundskeeping building on John McCormick Road that was dismantled to make room for Opus Hall. Estimated completion date of the building: early Spring 2008.

  • St. Bonaventure Hall comes down to make way for the redevelopment of South Campus.

    St. Bonaventure Hall, until recently the site of School of Philosophy faculty offices, the Office of Housing Services and the Center for the Study of Culture and Values, was demolished on Dec. 31. The demolition was in preparation for the redevelopment of CUA’s South Campus. “In the short term, as the university decides what to do with the land, it will be graded, grass seed will be planted and the wall surrounding the back yard will be taken down,” says CUA’s Executive Director of Facilities Operations Carl Petchik.

  • In February, the university also will demolish the small former Visitors Center that overlooks Michigan Avenue between Cardinal Hall and Maloney Hall. The structure was built in 1975 as a Chevy Chase Bank. The functions of the Visitors Center have been transferred to the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center and eventually visitor services will be housed in Cardinal Hall. The parking spots at the Visitors Center will continue to be used for that purpose.

“It’s exciting to see these improvements in the university’s residence halls, academic buildings and facilities” says Julie Englund, treasurer and vice president for finance and administration. As for St. Bonaventure Hall and the Visitors Center, she noted that they were in need of substantial repairs to their plumbing and mechanical systems, and because of their older, inefficient systems, were expensive to heat and cool. The demolition of the two buildings will save on maintenance and utilities as well as make way for future growth and improvements to the campus, said Englund.

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