Mike Lovell hopes a bevy of new projects will breathe energy into the 16th Street area.
Last week, during his annual address to the university, Marquette president Mike Lovell disclosed plans for $600 million in renovations that will modify the university’s campus over the next eight years, including a few that will touch on the school’s less developed western reaches. Campus-wide change include building a new $120 million athletic performance research center, a $96 million residence hall, a “BioDiscovery District” and Innovation Alley, a new business school and a recreation and wellness facility.
Some more details on the massive push:
The sports research center will be erected between North Sixth and 10th streets on West Michigan Street, with groundbreaking expected within the next year.
The business school’s new building will be constructed between Clybourn and 16th streets and connect to the Engineering Hall through a new facility called Innovation Alley. Innovation Alley will function as a space for faculty, students and outside partners to work in supply chain logistics.
McCormick Hall will be demolished next summer to make room for the new recreational and wellness center, which Lovell said will be a place for students to exercise their “mind, body, spirit and soul.”
A BioDiversity District for the biological and biomedical sciences will take the place of the school’s Service Building on Clybourn Street.
A previously announced dorm will be built south of Wells Street between 17th and 18th streets. Named the Robert A. Wild, S.J. Commons, the residence hall will open in August 2018.