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ND continues renovations

Joe McMahon | Wednesday, August 25, 2010

 Construction on a number of buildings around campus — including a new ice hockey arena and the Institute for Educational Initiatives — went as planned this summer, and the University expects to complete the projects on time, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said.

“Those are the two buildings that have gone really well,” he said.
Affleck-Graves said he expected the hockey rink to be completed in October 2011, while the Institute for Educational Initiatives is “well underway” and will be finished in April 2010.
“Everything is continuing that is funded,” he said. 
The University’s policy is not to begin construction on any project until 100 percent of the funds have been pledged by donors. The policy helped save the University from having a handful of half-completed projects during the economic downturn.
Affleck-Graves said the University is currently in fundraising mode for several large projects and they are close to closing the funding on the Executive Education Center.
“That will probably be the next big project we do,” he said.
The University is also planning on erecting a social sciences building, a multidisciplinary research building, two new dorms and a student activity center as part of the long-term strategic plan.
Affleck-Graves said the student activity center would be “kind of a mix between Stepan and LaFortune.” 
“There would be some spaces for clubs to have meeting rooms but there would also be a big open space,” he said.
Affleck-Graves said the University is also working on a cancer research center called Harper Hall that will be part of the Indiana University — South Bend Medical School.
The University also worked on some smaller renovation projects over the summer including making changes to Stanford, Keenan and Lewis.
“Over the summer we completely renovated Stanford and Keenan — redid the bathrooms, changed some of the room layouts, repainted it,” Affleck-Graves said.
Affleck-Graves said the University also completed a $15 million renovation of the old Law School building and continued working on updating Notre Dame Stadium. 
“We take out all the seats we repair the concrete and we seal it,” he said. “So that project went ahead this summer and we will be ready for football season.”
The Stadium renovations have been ongoing for the past four summers and will be completed next summer.
“We will do the last phase of that next summer,” he said.
The University also did landscaping work after a storm in June felled several trees along Notre Dame Avenue.
“We lost some big trees in a storm in June, so we continue to plant trees,” Affleck-Graves said.
At this time the University has no plans to demolish any buildings on campus, including Stepan Center.
“I think we will continue to use Stepan,” Affleck-Graves said. “Stepan is actually a quite well-used building on campus.”
However, in the long-term, Stepan “will probably have to come down” because of problems the University has had with the roof and other structural issues, Affleck-Graves said.