Jordan Hall groundbreaking ceremony set for Saturday

by Dennis Brown

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Jordan Hall of Science at the University of Notre Dame will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 1).

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, will bless the project at the hall’s future site on Juniper Road, north of the Joyce Center and adjacent to the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center.

The hall’s principal benefactor, John W. “Jay” Jordan, and his wife, Gretchen, will participate in the groundbreaking, along with other major contributors to the project and Joseph Marino, dean of the College of Science.

Jordan is a 1969 graduate of Notre Dame and a member of its Board of Trustees. 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.

The $70-million, 201,783-square-foot Jordan Hall will feature 40 undergraduate laboratories, lecture halls, classrooms, faculty offices, a greenhouse, herbarium, and observatory. It was designed by S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, Conn., and will be constructed by Geupel Demars Hagerman of Indianapolis, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2006.

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