In addition to the new academic facility mentioned above, we are currently in the process of renovating Meier Hall and will be moving the Education Faculty from the Old Emmanuel School (Miller Hall), where it is currently housed, over to the newly revamped Meier Hall. This should happen in the next 18 months.
We have also just completely rebuilt Heritage Hall, which is the only legacy building left from the old Valparaiso University campus. The new building is double the size of its predecessor and, in addition to being a tribute to Valparaiso’s historical journey, Heritage Hall is the University’s new Lawyering Skills Center, complete with law clinics and a mock courtroom.
Additionally, the state-of-the-art Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center opened Fall 2011. The 13,500-square-foot “green” building extends the existing Gellersen Center to expand the laboratory and learning spaces for engineering students.
We have plans for an official Valparaiso University Welcome Center that will be a first stop for prospective students, alumni and other guests. The new Welcome Center will house admissions and financial aid as well as reception for the University. We are currently planning for the Welcome Center to begin construction in the spring of 2012 for a 2013 opening, subject to Board approval.
Medium-term plans include a large-scale renovation to the Chapel as a key project. Our goal is for the Chapel to become a hub around leadership and service into the future.