Board of Trustees approves construction of Jordan Hall of Science, Guglielmino Family Athletics Center

by Dennis Brown

p. The Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame approved at its fall meeting last week construction of two new buildings and resumption of construction of a third.p. Ground will be broken next month on the Jordan Hall of Science and the Don F. and Flora Guglielmino Family Athletics Center, and work will resume early next year on a new facility for the Notre Dame Security/Police Department and campus post office.p. “We delayed all construction projects a year ago due to the sluggish condition of the U.S. economy,” said Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. "Now, with funding in hand for these three projects and signs that the economy is improving, the time seems right to move forward.p. “That said, and while we are cautiously optimistic, we also will continue to exercise fiscal prudence across the board.”p. The Jordan Hall of Science will be underwritten with a leadership gift from John W. “Jay” Jordan II, a 1969 Notre Dame graduate and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 1993. He is founder of The Jordan Company (TJC), a private investment firm that acquires, manages and builds companies for the TJC partnership account, and is chairman and chief executive officer of the Chicago-based holding company Jordan Industries Inc. He previously funded construction of the Jordan Auditorium in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and currently chairs the Board of Trustees? investment committee, which oversees the University endowment.p. “Jay Jordan has passionately provided his time, talent and treasure to Notre Dame for many years,” Father Malloy said. “His gift to make our new science center a reality is an act of extraordinary generosity and one for which we are immensely grateful.”p. The science hall will be a 201,783-square-foot building that will cost $70 million. It will include 40 undergraduate laboratories for biology, chemistry and physics; two 250-seat lecture halls; a 150-seat multimedia lecture hall; two classrooms; 22 faculty offices; offices for preprofessional (pre-med) studies; and a greenhouse, herbarium and observatory. To be built on Juniper Road in front of the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center, the center was designed by S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, Conn., and will be completed in the summer of 2006. It will be constructed by Geupel Demars Hagerman of Indianapolis.p. “The Jordan Hall of Science has been long anticipated and, when complete, will be a wonderful addition to the campus,? Father Malloy said. ?It will provide our undergraduates with a superb learning environment, and it will free space in other buildings for our growing research efforts in the sciences.”p. The $21.25-million Don F. and Flora Guglielmino Family Athletics Center will adjoin the west side of the Loftus Center. A 95,840-square-foot facility, it will house the football locker rooms, offices and meeting rooms, as well as provide Notre Dame’s 800 student-athletes with enhanced space for training and sports medicine, strength and conditioning programs, and equipment. The designer/builder on the project is McShane Construction of Chicago, and construction will be completed in the fall of 2005.p. “This center will have an enormous impact on the experiences of all our student-athletes, and in particular on the Irish football team,” said Kevin White, director of athletics. “The consolidation of facilities will make our student-athletes’ daily routines much more efficient and, consequently, provide them with a better chance to realize their full potential.”p. The center has been underwritten with a gift from the late Don F. Guglielmino and his wife, Flora. A longtime supporter of Notre Dame, Guglielmino attended the University in the 1939-40 academic year and previously made gifts to the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles scholarship fund, the University’s Institute for Church Life, and the football program. He was recognized as an honorary alumnus in 1996 and was inducted into the Notre Dame National Monogram Club after his death May 31, 2001. He is survived by Flora and their three children.p. “Though Don spent just a year at Notre Dame as a student, he had a great love for our University,” Father Malloy said. “This exceptional gift forever will be a testimony to Don’s whole-hearted embrace of the Notre Dame spirit.”p. The third project to receive approval, the 40,000-square-foot, $10.97-million building for security/police and the post office, is located next to the Stepan Center. Work on the project began in 2002 but was put on hold due to the sluggish economy. The Moake-Park Group of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the architect and Ziolkowski Construction of South Bend is the construction manager. The project will be completed in the summer of 2005 and pave the way for future construction in the areas on campus where the security/police building and post office currently are located.

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