Facilities staff and contractors continue to advance design and construction projects across campus.  Mission critical maintenance and capital projects are always active; and those reviewing and overseeing them include project management staff in Capital Project Management (CPM), as well as subject matter experts in Planning and Design Management (PDM), Facilities Maintenence and Operations (FMO), Office of Campus Sustainability, and Environmental Health and Safety / Risk Management (EHS/RM).

Some highlights of our on-going work are shown below.

  • Rendering of dining hall

    New Dining Commons

    The new, two-story Dining Commons (approximately 36,540 gross square feet) will provide food service and seating for up to 500 as well as a new home for the Center for Academic and Career Success.  The exterior facade is substantially complete and site walls are progressing around the building.  On the interior, food service equipment and final finishes are being installed. Inspections and testing are underway on the path toward a conditional Certificate of Occupancy.  Temporary fencing, walkways, and signage continue to direct the campus community safely around the construction site.  Real-time progress can be seen in the webcam view below.

    Design Team:  Perkins Eastman Architects

    Contractor:  Manhattan Construction

  • Rendering of new Conway School of Nursing and Campus Gateway

    Conway School of Nursing and Campus Gateway at Michigan Avenue

    The new Conway School of Nursing building will replace and expand the school's current footprint in a new, collegiate gothic style facility of over 100,000 gross square feet. This allows the school to double its enrollment over the next 5 to 7 years.  Excavation and foundation work is complete and concrete structure for the perimeter walls of the lower level are now underway.  Stone and precast panels are being fabricated off-site.  The new facility, which targets sustainability goals of LEED-Gold and a Well Building Standard certification, is expected to open in 2024.  In conjunction with Conway School of Nursing, a new Campus Gateway and fountain will revitalize the University's main entrance at Michigan Avenue and University Drive.

    Please watch for University announcements that describe the road closure impacts on getting around campus.  Construction fencing is in place and signage directs pedestrians to safe pathways around the project.

    A webcam view of the site is below.


    Design Team:  Ayers Saint Gross and Robert A.M. Stern Associates

    Contractor:  Clark Construction Group

    Construction site for Nursing
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    Hartke Fire/Life Safety and HVAC Upgrades

    Fire/life safety and HVAC upgrades are substantially complete in Hartke.  The work was phased throughout various zones in the building and includes installation of sprinkler piping and an addressable fire alarm system as well as new HVAC equipment that is tied into the University’s heating and cooling distribution system from the Power Plant.  The project team began this work in Hartke immediately following the completion of similar upgrades in Ward Hall in Summer 2021.  

    Design Team:  WHS Architects

    Contractor:  Consigli Construction

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    McMahon Hall Fire/Life Safety Upgrades

    Fire/life safety and interior space upgrades are progressing in McMahon Hall.  The work was phased throughout various zones in the building and includes installation of sprinkler piping and an addressable fire alarm system.  Construction of a new interior egress stair at the east end of the building is substantially complete and has allowed for the removal of exterior fire escapes.  Fire/life safety work in McMahon is expected to finish up in Fall 2022.

    Design Team:  Maginniss + Del Ninno Architects

    Contractor:  Balfour Beatty Construction

  • Construction on campus

    New Residence Hall

    In response to COVID-19 impacts, the University took steps to ensure the ongoing viability of Catholic University. Such measures included the deferral or postponement of some capital projects.  Work on the new Residence Hall was suspended in 2020 at the completion of the Design Development phase.  The University did, however, receive approval from the Zoning Commission for the project, allowing for an efficient resumption of the design work when the time comes.

    Design Team:  Perkins Eastman Architects

    Contractor:  Manhattan Construction

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    Angels Unawares Plaza

    A second casting of the Angels Unawares sculpture was donated to the University in 2020.  The first casting is in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy.  The 3.5 ton sculpture depicts more than 140 refugees tightly packed onto a 20-foot skiff; and, in the center, a pair of angel wings rises from the crowd.  The permanent setting for the sculpture is a rectangular water scrim surrounded by a new plaza with seating, plantings, and lighting.  Construction began in Summer 2021 and was substantially complete in early Spring 2022.  The finished plaza was dedicated on April 22, 2022.

    Sculpture Artist:  Timothy Schmaltz

    Plaza Design Team:  Ayers Saint Gross and Michael Vergason Landscape Architects

    Contractor:  Whiting-Turner

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    West Campus Solar Project

    The West Campus Solar Project will generate approximately 10,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually.  Engineering is underway for two solar arrays, comprised of over 15,000 panels, that will be installed on approximately 25 acres of the University's 41.4 West Campus.  Site preparation will begin this Spring.  Construction will start in Summer 2022 and the installation is expected to be operational in Spring 2023.  

    Development Team:  Optony, Inc. and Jenner & Block, LLP 

    Builder/Operator:  Standard Solar

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    Caldwell / Seton Accessibility and Infrastructure Upgrades

    Construction on accessibility and infrastructure upgrades for Caldwell Hall and its Seton Wing began in Spring 2022 and will proceed through 2023.  The project includes a new elevator addition near the Chapel that will provide service to all levels of the Chapel as well as Caldwell Hall's main wing.  A second, new interior elevator will provide access to all levels of the Seton Wing.  The chapel will receive a new fire egress stair, central AC system, and restoration of significant historic fabric and interior components.  Public restrooms throughout the building will be upgraded with accessibility improvements and new finishes and fixtures.  The Monsignor Thomas Green Canon Law Library will be created by reconfiguration of several spaces on Caldwell's third floor.  Finally, a new classroom will be installed on the first floor and finishes in the main public corridor will be revitalized and enhanced.  

    Design Team:  Voith & Mactavish Architects

    Contractor:  Consigli Construction