O’Hare Academic Center Renovation and Expansion
In June 2015, Salve Regina broke ground on a $26 million renovation and expansion of the O'Hare Academic Center, the University's flagship academic building. Scheduled to conclude in June 2017, the project will add 23,000 square feet to the building's footprint and provide critical updates to its current educational spaces.
The renovated and expanded O'Hare will house the departments of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Business Studies and Economics, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Nursing and Social Work. Lecture-style classrooms will be replaced with collaborative learning environments, allowing faculty to develop new pedagogy around experiential learning opportunities such as simulation, laboratory research, collaborative problem solving and community-based activities.
In addition to renovated laboratories for biology, chemistry, environmental science and nursing, the renovated and expanded O'Hare will feature two updated lecture halls, an expanded cafe, and indoor and outdoor areas for dining, networking and informal meetings. Common areas devoted to dining and socializing will extend to outdoor terraces overlooking the University's oceanfront grounds.
O'Hare will be functional throughout the construction process, with every effort being made to minimize disruptions to students and faculty.
The project's principal architect is Robinson Green Beretta Architects, the design architect is Stantec, Inc., and the lead contractor is Farrar & Associates. Funding will come from a variety of sources, including existing University assets, tax-exempt debt and fundraising.