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Saint Xavier University welcomes architectural design selection committee

Committee to hear presentations on new library designs

Chicago (March 26, 2007) –Saint Xavier University welcomes to campus members of an architectural competition selection committee that will hear presentations from four leading architectural firms competing to provide the best design of a 21st century library for Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus. The committee will then make a design recommendation to Saint Xavier President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. 

The selection committee includes Dominick J. Hart, provost; Paul J. Matthews, assistant vice president, facilities management; Sister Lois Graver '57, R.S.M., treasurer, Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Chicago; Richard P. Dober, senior consultant, Dober, Lidsky & Associates Inc.; Mary T. Small '54, chair, Library Advisory Council; Mary A. Dempsey, commissioner, Chicago Public Library; and David J. Siebert, director of facilities management, Lake Forest College.  

Saint Xavier University exhibited four architectural designs for a new library in the student lounge of the Warde Academic Center March 15-20. The firms chosen to enter designs are Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects; Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects; Perkins+Will; and Solomon Cordwell Buenz.

The new library is seen as a fundamental gateway project toward Saint Xavier University’s vision of being recognized as a leading comprehensive Catholic university. The Richard H. Driehaus 2004 Charitable Lead Trust has donated stipends to pay for the designs, as it did with a previous competition in collaboration with University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture.

Saint Xavier University’s master plan includes a new library located south of the Warde Academic Center along West 103rd Street. There are no immediate plans to begin construction. One of the building requirements will be cutting-edge environmental standards. In October, Saint Xavier dedicated Arthur Rubloff Hall, Chicago’s first residence hall using the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design “green building” approach. The University is currently seeking a LEED Gold designation for Rubloff Hall.

Contact:    Joe Moore

Office:       (773) 298-3937 

Cell:            (773) 203-6671

E-mail:  jmoore@sxu.edu


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.