Glastonbury Firm To Design Historic Project On Campus Of ‘Fighting Irish’

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A Glastonbury architectural firm has landed a plum assignment: the design of the largest building project ever on the Indiana campus of the University of Notre Dame.

And the project involves the university’s iconic football stadium, no less.

S/L/A/M Collaborative, Inc. will be the lead architect on the $400 million, 750,000-square-foot project that will include the addition of the three new buildings to the west, east and south side of the stadium.

Watch a 360-degree animation of the project rendering:

Construction is expected to begin within two years and could be completed as soon as 2017.

Steven Ansel, S/L/A/M’s chairman and chief design officer, told me today that the expansion is intended at transforming the stadium into a “year-round hub for academic and student life” beyond the center of activity the stadium is on game days.

Ansel said other universities have pursued similar projects but not of this size.

“This is a different order of magnitude to bring this level of student and campus life to a stadium,” Ansel told me.

The project, now in the early stage of design, is expected to include new research and teaching facilities, several academic departments, a much expanded student center, a digital media center and more venues for visitors.

Built in 1930 during the tenure of legendary collegiate football coach Knute Rockne, the stadium was once at the edge of campus. But as the campus has grown, the stadium is now more centrally located.

Ansel said it makes sense to more fully integrate it into the year-round life of the campus, especially since it is located close to the largest classroom building on campus. The addition also will add another 4,000 seats to the existing 80,000-seat bowl and other amenities for game day visitors, Ansel said.

The project “will greatly enhance the campus experience for all those who study, live, work here and visit Notre Dame,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said, in a letter to the campus community recently. “Since its founding, one of Notre Dame’s greatest assets has been the boldness of its vision.”

He added, “This project continues that boldness of vision.”

S/L/A/M has a long history of designing for Notre Dame’s campus, including more than 10 building projects.

“Both S/L/A/M and I have long histories with Notre Dame, and I am proud to be able to continue to help implement the university’s educational vision,” said James M. McManus, S/L/A/M’s chairman emeritus and a Notre Dame alumnus.


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