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College Updated on Campus Plans

May 10, 2006 -- The College began a series of town hall meetings in May to inform faculty and staff about progress on projects including classroom upgrades on both campuses, a new student residence hall and parking structure on the Doheny Campus, Mary Chapel rehabilitation, and construction of a new campus center on the Chalon Campus.

While on either campus, log on to a newly-created Intranet site that provides updates on Campus Plans at: https://www.msmu.edu/about-the-mount/strategic-plan/. Architectural and construction firms have been hired to begin work, and the Intranet site provides details about construction timelines for the projects, which are being funded with money raised through the $45 million Invest in the Mount campaign. New construction projects are pending community review and city approval.

The Brady Commons Residential Hall project at Chalon includes renovating the ground floor of Brady, replacing heating & cooling systems for Brady, Rossiter, and Carondelet residence buildings, plus heating Mary Chapel and upgrading the inside of residence halls. In addition to a modernized kitchen and serving area at Brady Commons, a new campus center will include a lounge designed for commuting students and tables for individual or small study groups, couches, and a television. Plans are also in place for an after-hours coffee bar. Campus planners estimate that the heating and cooling work will be done in summer 2006, with construction of the new Brady Commons to be completed in August 2007.

Architectural firm Armando Ruiz & Assoc. has completed early designs for the Mary Chapel rehabilitation. The project 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 College estimates a completion date of April 2007.

Construction of the new Doheny student residence hall is expected to take six to eight months and be ready for move-in August 2007. The three-story building includes a "great room" with kitchen and common living and study areas on the first floor, and 48 beds in mostly double-occupancy rooms throughout. A preliminary design includes a large outdoor porch. Planners envision large entry doors and front windows with details to match historic Chester Place buildings.

The Doheny parking structure would be built between Lanterman School and an oil well owned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Planners expect to break ground by January 2007, and be finished in four to seven months. The four-story structure would be no higher than the current roof of Lanterman School, and would include an elevator and security gate. The exterior walls would be built with a metal lattice that would eventually be covered by vines. The goal is to add at least 110 parking spaces.

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