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What areas of the campus will be affected?

Posted: December 9, 2013

The new Commons (New name to be determined by student voting): This area will be twice as large as the current space and will be completed by the start of the 2014 school year. It will combine a one-story addition with extensive remodeling of its current space. As part of the renovation and expansion, we will add a bigger food service area with more choices, three meeting rooms, an enlarged seating area, and a small outdoor area called the Heritage Plaza that honors the College’s founders and sponsors, the School Sisters of St. Francis.

A new classroom building (Alexia Hall): A three-story building connecting Alphonsa and Christopher Halls will be completed by the start of the 2015 spring semester. It will be named Alexia Hall, in honor of one of the three founders of the School Sisters of St. Francis and the first President of Alverno College. Its ground floor will add new art classrooms, a dance studio and a new art gallery. Its first (main) floor will include a high-tech nursing simulation center and an expanded nursing skills lab for Alverno’s JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing. Its second floor will include six new classrooms with enhanced learning technologies, meeting and breakout rooms and ample open student study space. To integrate the new building with Alphonsa Hall on the east, and Christopher Hall to the west, a new enlarged lobby will serve Laura Lampe Recital Hall and the entrance to the new Alexia Hall.

Liberal Arts building (Will be renamed Founders Hall) first floor: Remodeling of this floor will be mostly complete by the start of the fall 2014 semester and fully completed in the fall 2015 semester. It will consolidate student service offices, including the A.O. Smith International/Intercultural Office, Admissions, Advising, the Business Office, Career Education and Internships, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, and Student Affairs. First floor remodeling will also add a new coffee shop/café, new meeting rooms and a “logo store” for Alverno apparel and supplies.

Liberal Arts (Will be renamed Founders Hall) building second floor: This floor will be completely remodeled by the start of the fall 2015 semester. It will consolidate administrative offices, including the President’s Office and the offices of Academic Affairs, Advancement, Alumnae Relations, Finance, Human Resources, and Marketing. The Library entrance area will be remodeled by fall 2014 to accommodate the Daniel M. Soref Math and Science Resource Center and a new learning commons to include small group meeting rooms and open student study space.

Liberal Arts building (Will be renamed Founders Hall) third floor: The current Advancement Office will be converted to three classrooms and a study area by fall 2015.

Bucyrus Conference Center: The current conference center in the Sister Joel Read Center will be renamed the Bucyrus Conference Center. (The building itself will, of course, continue to be named the Sister Joel Read Center.) Conference Center upgrades will be completed by fall 2015. It will connect more easily to the current Alumnae Hall through new doorways, and technology upgrades will improve audiovisual capabilities in both areas.

Christopher Hall renovations: Renovations will be complete by fall 2015. These include new lobbiesintegrated with the new classroom building, an open student computing center, non-denominational prayer space, renovated classrooms on the top floor and comfortable areas for lounging and studying.

Clare Hall (completed): In an early phase of the campaign, Clare Hall was renovated to provide offices for the Research Center for Women and Girls and provide student housing for upper division students. This work was completed in 2009.

To learn more about how you can get involved in this transformational campaign for Alverno's future, please contact Kaye Leszczynski in the Advancement Office at (414) 382-6095 or Thank you for your interest in and support of Alverno College!