Marian University will break ground on Alumni Hall, a new student center, during a ceremony scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.
Alumni Hall is a 19,000 square foot, one-story facility that will house the university’s bookstore, and will serve as a gathering place for students, staff and faculty. There will be an additional 6,500 square feet of outdoor seating options. An indoor food court will include a Starbucks Café, a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant, and a Grille Works.
“We like to think of our new Alumni Hall as the family room for the Marian University campus,” President Daniel J. Elsener said. “Our students value the access they have to our staff and faculty, and this facility will help further in that regard.”
One striking design concept will be the curtain wall of windows on the building’s west side, overlooking the campus mall. Another prominent feature is the great room and its 20’ high ceiling. Other ceilings in the building are 11’ high. There will be front, back and side terrace areas, providing outdoor seating and gathering areas. There are also study areas, including three nooks with screens and computer ports that accommodate small group collaboration.
Marian University says Alumni Hall will be easily converted into a banquet hall, with seating for up to 340 guests.
This is the second major construction project on campus this year. In August, the university opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its new College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing. That project was completed at a cost of $50 million, and directly created 318 jobs with an economic impact of $57 million.