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Notre Dame announces multi-million dollar expansion project

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Architectural model of project (Courtesy crossroads.nd.edu) Architectural model of project (Courtesy crossroads.nd.edu)
Rendering of student recreation center (Courtesy crossroads.nd.edu) Rendering of student recreation center (Courtesy crossroads.nd.edu)

Notre Dame University announced Wednesday the beginning of the largest building project in the school history.  The "Campus Crossroads Project" will heavily expand the Notre Dame football stadium at a cost of about $400 million.  Construction is expected to start in about two years and will take almost three years to complete.

Notre Dame has been considering this expansion since the spring of 2013.  The planned construction will include a student life services building, and expansions to the anthropology, psychology, and music departments.  The university plans to add 80 new faculty positions once construction is completed.

"The integrated nature of this project will maintain the compact walkability of campus, facilitate deeper connection and collaboration across the various units of the University, and offer an exciting addition to what we believe is the best on-campus student learning experience in the country," Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame's president, said in the letter to the campus community Wednesday.

Notre Dame has said part of the plan involves expanding broadband connectivity and video offerings.  The specifics of the video additions have not been finalized, and it is not clear whether it will include a jumbotron.  Wednesday University Spokesman Dennis Brown said the new video could be on a board or in the concourses.

Commencement and other events will certainly be impacted by the construction, but the university does not yet know how or to what extent.  There will also be restrictions to parking in place during much of it.

Brown said the additions will not only enhance fan experience and student life but also the local economy.  "Certainly for the local economy it's going to be a boost for the construction trade.  We'll have as many as 300 people or more working on the project on a daily basis."

Students and Fans said this all sounds good to them.  Notre Dame Senior Pierce Fowler said, "I think it's a good idea because it's pretty centrally located right next to Debartolo hall and Mendoza hall, the main academic buildings on campus and so for me a day like today the less you have to walk around campus the better."

Notre Dame fan, Sean Steigmeyer said, "Anything that attaches the sports side of the school and the academic side of the school has got to be a good thing."

 

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