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Architects and Contractors on Board for Major Capital Projects

March 17, 2006 -- Major projects that will significantly enhance student and spiritual life at the Mount, including extensive restoration of Mary Chapel and renovations of three student residence halls at Chalon, Brady first floor Student Services, and the addition of a new residence hall and parking structure at Doheny, are moving forward with the recent selections of architectural and construction firms.

The Facilities and Technology Committee of the Board of Trustees selected the design-build team Carrier Johnson and general contractor Slater Builders to develop and build a new residence hall and parking structure at Doheny, said Chris McAlary, the College's vice president for Administration and Finance. The Campaign has raised $5 million from the Bill Hannon Foundation to build a new residence hall between the existing McIntyre Hall and Child Development Center.

The College hopes to build a 13,000-square-foot historic-looking dorm with state-of-the-art amenities and 48 beds. The changes will create a distinct student quad separate from an academic core on the other side of campus. The exterior of the residence hall will blend with the historic nature of the Campus and will include attributes of adjacent historic structures including porches, and the unique roof styles of Chester Place. The changes will centralize student residential life, and create a separate space for an academic core on the other side of Campus.

Completion of the new residence hall will be contingent on building a new parking structure. To help pay for the parking structure, the College raised $1 million from the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation, and is still seeking more funds. The new parking structure will be designed to accommodate as many cars as the site allows, and also will include an enhanced pedestrian walkway connection. The design-build team will work to blend the new structure with the Campus and historic characteristics of the neighborhood.

The Board committee also selected Carrier-Johnson to complete the architectural and engineering plans for the Brady Commons renovations at Chalon, a project that includes connecting student services in one student union such as a bookstore, the modernized dining facility, Internet café, mail services, and meeting rooms for student activities. The project also includes renovations to Campus residential halls including new furnishings, fixtures, and lighting.

The team of Gotama Engineers joins Carrier Johnson to design and engineer new heating and cooling for the residence halls and heating for the Mary Chapel. The scope of these projects will transform student life on the Chalon Campus. The project, funded by an $8 million gift from The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, also includes new heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems in Chalon residence halls.

The College is negotiating a final contract with the architectural firm Armando Ruiz & Assoc. for the Mary Chapel restoration project, which will likely include the installation of improved lighting, sound systems, and ventilation, as well as a new altar, baptismal font, and a seating arrangement that provides a flexible setting for small and large group prayers. The Chapel project is funded with a gift from Mount Trustee David McIntyre and his wife, Norma Marcus McIntyre '57, who committed $500,000. David McIntyre said the gift is made in honor of his wife in hopes of inspiring others to give to the College in the name of distinguished alumnae. A task force made up of College groups including Campus Ministry helped review applications from design firms on the chapel project.

The College also is negotiating a contract with Illig Construction Co. to convert Building 2 on the Doheny Campus into faculty offices and academic administration office space. More significant milestones will be announced in coming months, including the completion of conceptual drawings.

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