Saint Xavier University holds architectural competition for new library design
Richard H. Driehaus 2004 Charitable Lead Trust donates stipends for designs
Chicago (March 6, 2007) – Four leading architectural firms will compete to provide the best design for a new library on Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus. This competition is Phase II of an architectural design contest with the intent of selecting the architect who will complete the design of a 21st century library.
The new library is seen as a fundamental gateway project toward Saint Xavier University’s vision of becoming 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 is grateful to the Richard H. Driehaus 2004 Charitable Lead Trust for its continued support and to Richard H. Driehaus for recommending the donation,” said President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “He continues to be a great friend and benefactor, and this latest gift demonstrates his enthusiasm for Saint Xavier.”
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 Wednesday, Feb. 21, for a background orientation session. The designs will be exhibited on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus the week of March 15-20 while under consideration by a University selection committee.
The committee will include Dominick J. Hart, provost; Paul J. Matthews, assistant vice president, facilities management; Sister Lois Graver, '57, R.S.M., Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Chicago, treasurer; 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 President Dwyer.
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.
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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.
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