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Saint Xavier University exhibits new library design proposals

On display March 15-20 in Warde Academic Center Student Lounge

Chicago (March 13, 2007) – Saint Xavier University will exhibit four architectural designs for a new library in the Student Lounge of the Warde Academic Center from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 15 through 20.

The designs are part of the second phase of a contest to select the architectural firm that will complete the design of a 21st century library on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus. Four leading architectural firms are competing to provide the best design. 

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.

The firms selected for the competition are Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects; Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects; Perkins+Will; and Solomon Cordwell Buenz. The firms convened on the Chicago campus on Feb. 21 for a background orientation session and will make formal presentations to a University selection committee on March 26. 

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. The committee will make a recommendation to Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.

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 Silver designation for Rubloff Hall.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
                        				              Contact: Joe Moore
(773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu

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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.