Saint Xavier University selects architectural firm for new library
Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects to design signature building for Chicago campus
Chicago (June 1, 2007) – The Executive Committee of the Saint Xavier University Board of Trustees has unanimously approved President Judith A. Dwyer’s recommendation of the architectural firm Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects to design a new library for the University’s Chicago campus.
Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects was selected from four leading architectural firms that competed this spring in the second phase of an architectural design contest to select a firm to complete the design of a 21st century library. The Richard H. Driehaus 2004 Charitable Lead Trust 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 new library is the gateway project toward Saint Xavier University’s vision of becoming recognized as a leading comprehensive Catholic university,” President Dwyer said. “We look forward to working with Frye Gillan Molinaro on the next phase of this most important project.”
The firm was chosen for a number of factors, including extensive prior experience designing libraries for both public and private higher learning institutions and the ability to creatively incorporate Saint Xavier’s unique programmatic requirements. The design team will begin working this summer on schematic designs that will be used for fundraising and presented to the Trustees for approval in October.
A selection committee that heard presentations from the four firms unanimously recommended Frye Gillan Molinaro, Architects. The selection committee was comprised of Dominick J. Hart, provost; Paul J. Matthews, assistant vice president, facilities management; Sister Lois Graver, '57, R.S.M., treasurer of the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Chicago; Richard P. Dober, senior consultant at Dober, Lidsky & Associates, Inc.; Mary T. Small, '54, chair, Library Advisory Council; Mary A. Dempsey, commissioner of the Chicago Public Library; and David J. Siebert, director of facilities management at Lake Forest College.
Saint Xavier University’s master plan includes locating a new library 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, Illinois’ first university building to receive the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design’s Gold designation for its “green building" approach.
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