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Mood-Bridwell Renovation

Welcome Center, First-Year Residence Hall, and Second-Year Residence hall

Parking

Other Ongoing Projects

Recently Completed Projects


 Mood-Bridwell Renovation

Projected Completion: spring 2025

Mood-Bridwell Hall, built in 1908 to serve as a men’s residence hall, is undergoing an extensive renovation that will blend 21st-century technology with the building’s deep history. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the renovated Mood-Bridwell will include spaces for gatherings and performances, new classrooms, and a coffeehouse. The south-facing upper terrace will also be reopened for outdoor classroom use and social gatherings. A “swing space” in Mundy was created for faculty and staff temporarily displaced by the project. The Upward Bound program was also permanently relocated to Mundy.

Updates:

  • Linbeck, the construction management firm, mobilized on the site during the week of Sept. 18.
  • The guaranteed maximum price has been finalized.
  • Kitchell has been selected as the Project Management Firm.
  • Interior demolition is complete.
  • During demolition, certain discoveries have necessitated some architectural redesign which is now in progress.
  • Everything is still on schedule for a Spring 2025 completion.

 

 Welcome Center, First-Year & Second-Year Residence Halls

Projected Completion: August 2025

On the east side of campus, construction will begin in March 2024 on a first-year, mixed-use residence hall and a new welcome center.

The Welcome Center will be the new home of the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. It will also include these amenities:

  • Art Gallery
  • Cafe
  • Theatre
  • Meeting spaces

First-Year Residence Hall Amenities:

  • Study/lounge spaces
  • Meeting rooms
  • Yoga and pilates studios

A new, mixed-use residence hall for second-year students will be located immediately south of Ruter Hall. Amenities will include:

  • Study/lounge spaces.
  • Meeting rooms.
  • Yoga and pilates studios.

 

Updates

  • Kirksey has been chosen as the architect for the new welcome center and both of the new residence halls.
  • Linbeck has been selected as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR).
  • Kitchell has been selected as the Project Management Firm.
  • The guaranteed maximum price is under review and consideration.
  • On Feb. 8, HARC approved the demolition of Kyle E. White and McCook-Crain to make way for the new first-year residence hall and welcome center. Demolition is now complete.
  • We have saved the cornerstones and some of the limestone for each building. The limestone and cornerstones will be added to the new historical displays in The Commons.
  • Construction documents are complete and have been submitted to the City of Georgetown for review. We hope to have permits in hand before the end of March.
  • A student group has been formed to review furniture options for the residence hall. They will attend a special furniture viewing on March 22.

 

 Parking

Although we are excited to see new construction on our campus, it often affects parking. Stay up to date with the most recent parking changes.

* Dates are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen delays.

Lots Currently Open:

  • Cullen Building/Admission Center Parking Lot
  • Field House Parking Lot
  • Fine Arts Center Parking Lot
  • Lord Residential Center Parking Lot
  • Maple Street Parking
  • McCombs Campus Center Parking Lot
  • Parking North of Moses Field
  • South Mundy Parking Lot
  • Softball Parking Lot
  • Robertson Center / Brown-Cody Parking Lot
  • Soule Drive Parking
  • Southwestern Boulevard Parking
  • Tennis Court Parking Lot
  • West Mundy/Studio Parking Lot

Lots Currently Closed or Partially Closed:

  • Dorothy Lord Residential Center Parking Lot: Closed
  • Finch Plaza (Chapel Parking Lot): Closed
  • Maple Street Field Parking Lot: Closed
  • Outreach Center Parking Lot: Closed
  • Parking East of Phi Delta Theta House: Closed

ADA Accessible Parking & Routes

No accessible parking spaces have been eliminated. If accessible parking spots or routes become blocked by construction, new temporary spots and routes will be created to replace them. Please reach out to Facilities Management at 512.863.1300 if you have any questions or concerns about accessible parking or routes. 

 

 Other Ongoing Projects 

Chilled Water Loop & Chilled Water Plant
Scheduled Completion: New Satellite Plant - February 2024, Chilled Water Loop - Summer 2025

Southwestern is significantly updating and upgrading its chilled water loop and central plant to ensure uninterrupted and reliable cooling to campus buildings.

Chiller installation in March 2024

Updates:

  • The upgrades to the existing chilled water plant are complete.
  • The loop construction is currently moving southwest toward the existing Central Plant.
  • The chilled water loop has also begun to head southeast in front of Robertson.
  • Replacement of the chilled water loop is necessary due to the age of the existing loop and the numerous breaks that have occurred over the last several years. The chilled water loop is critical to the provision of cooling for the majority of our campus buildings.
  • A new satellite plant on the east side of campus will add redundancy and additional capacity to accommodate new construction.
  • Phase one is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.
  • This summer, the new chilled water loop will need to be shut down for two weeks to connect to the new plant. The shutdown is scheduled for May 20–June 2. 

 

Bookstore Relocation
Scheduled Completion: June 2024

Southwestern University is excited to announce a new partnership with Barnes & Noble, marking a significant enhancement to our campus bookstore services. This summer, we will relocate the Bookstore to a newly remodeled space on the first floor of the McCombs Campus Center. The Shilling Rooms are being transformed to accommodate the bookstore, ensuring a dynamic and accessible location for our university merchandise and academic resources.

Updates:

  • Demolition is scheduled to begin May 13. 

 

Library Updates - Phase 2
Projected Completion: August 2024

We are currently enhancing and repairing the windows on the Cody Memorial side of the library. These upgrades are crucial for safeguarding the valuable items within our Distinctive Collections from external elements.

Updates

  • Contractors are scheduled to begin work in May. 

 

Learning Commons
Projected Completion: August 2024

We are thrilled to introduce the new Professor John Score Learning Commons, a dynamic hub for academic support and collaboration at Southwestern University. Located within the Smith Library Center, this innovative space will bring together the Debby Ellis Writing Center and the Tutoring Center, providing a centralized resource for student learning and success. The Learning Commons is set to open its doors in Fall 2024, ready to enhance the academic journey of our students.

Updates

  • Construction on the remodel will begin in May. 

 

New Restaurant
Scheduled Completion: Spring 2025

Planning will begin soon for a farm-to-table concept restaurant that will replace the former Pirate’s Tavern/Outreach Center at 1205 Maple.

Updates:

  • Houses on the property were saved and relocated.
  • Demolition is complete on the Outreach Center.
  • The restaurant is still on schedule to be completed by the first quarter of 2025.

 

New Multi-purpose Sports Complex
Scheduled Completion: TBD

In partnership with Athletics, Facilities Management is making preparations to build a new multi-purpose sports complex and stadium on the site of the current football practice field east of campus. The complex will not only serve as a venue for athletic events but also other large events.

Updates:

  • Geotech and site surveys are complete and in hand.
  • A new RFP for design-build services is currently in development.

 

ADA Accessible Projects
Ongoing

Complete:

  • McCombs Center Construction Area: Facilities immediately contacted the construction foreman to have his team relocate the barricades that were impeding the ADA walk path to the McCombs Campus Center. They will keep the path cleared at all times, excluding the need for transportation of materials, in which case traffic will be guided to an alternate path, or access will be granted to those in need of the ADA access points.
  • Kappa Sigma House Construction Area: An ADA ramp is available along the walk path. Please see ADA path map for routes around this area.
  • Olin Hall (First Floor): The bathrooms in Olin Hall have been assessed to meet ADA compliance regarding door opening pressure (not exceeding 5 lbs).

Ongoing Projects:

  • Mundy Hall: We acknowledge the accessibility challenges in Mundy Hall and are exploring solutions to make it more accessible. We are also inquiring about the possibility of obtaining waivers that allow access to the second floor for students, faculty and staff needing ADA accommodations.
  • Fine Arts Building: We are seeking estimates for adding a handrail at the elbow-turn of the ramp to enhance accessibility.
  • Lois Perkins Chapel: We are currently working on signage that indicates the ADA access to the east side plaza.
  • Campus Building Door Panels: We will work with Information Technology to address card access to buildings after working hours and on weekends, as well as enable auto-hinge assistance during those hours.
  • Jones Theater: We understand that many areas within Jones Theater do not meet ADA compliance. This is primarily due to set construction in the workshop. We are exploring ways to address these issues and ensure accessibility, including providing additional workspace for the theater areas.
  • Mabee Residence Hall: Due to the steep incline of the current west entrance, Facilities is seeking estimates to create an alternate ADA-compliant path for the west entrance.

The Facilities Management Department has completed all walkthroughs with contractors for these projects. They are still on track to meet their deadline of October 27 to have all estimates in hand for review.

 

Landscaping
Ongoing

Southwestern has hired Maldonado Nursey and Landscaping to provide campus landscaping and turf maintenance. Their services include landscape design to improve campus aesthetics, including greater attention to using native and drought-tolerant plants. All handheld blowers, trimmers, and edgers will be battery-operated in efforts to support Southwestern’s commitment to sustainability.

Updates

  • A proposal for new landscaping is currently being developed on the Admission Tour Route and near the Marvin D. Henderson Tennis Center. Upon proposal completion, ideas will be presented to senior staff.

 

 Recently Completed Projects

Library Reveling

The releveling project addressed the shifting of the foundation under the Cody Memorial/Distinctive Collections side of the Smith Library Center. The university took advantage of the closure to make a number of upgrades, including the repair of damaged interior walls and upgrades to interior finishes. The air conditioning system was replaced to maintain the appropriate temperature and humidity for items preserved in Distinctive Collections.

 

The Cove Decor

A Student Task Force created a new decor design for The Cove. Their design aimed to capture the cozy, warm atmosphere our students enjoy. Enhancements include new furniture, the restoration of the beloved booths, and a wall wrap.

 

The Commons

The Commons has undergone a transformation with new wraps and acrylics, creating a welcoming environment wherever you turn.

 

McCombs Campus Center Pergola

With the loss of the large oak tree near McComb’s south entrance—damaged beyond repair during our most recent winter ice storm—we created a new, covered outdoor seating area.

 

Pickleball Courts

Pickelball Courts located in the First-Year Courtyard and the McCombs Residential Center are not just your ordinary playing grounds; they are adorned with vibrant SU yellow court paint, equipped with lights to facilitate evening games for students, and thoughtfully designed with ramps to ensure accessibility for all, in line with ADA guidelines. 

 

Robertson Center Upgrades and Additions

In Robertson, student-athletes will benefit from a women’s locker room upgrade, a new team meeting room, and an audio/video studio.

 

New Servery in the Commons

The newly refreshed Commons Servery features fresh, modern aesthetics and a completely reimagined dining hall.

The Servery features an open-concept kitchen, and the space has been opened up with the expansion of the entryway to the Commons dining area. The Servery also features an impressive brick oven, where specialty pizzas are created using dough made in-house. A revamped sauté station includes enhanced displays and made-to-order, personalized dishes. The breakfast bar has also undergone an expansion, offering a variety of choices including waffles, cereals, and a constant flow of freshly brewed coffee—available during all open hours to cater to different schedules. The dessert section, previously tucked away, is now displayed upfront, offering an array of sweet treats.

 

Baseball Field Seating

New seating has been installed at Rockwall Family Baseball Field to provide a more comfortable in-game experience for fans.

New Baseball Seats

 

Chapel Window Light

The light has been restored to the Chapel windows! Once again the beautiful stained glass can be seen at night.

Chapel

 

Bishops Lounge

Bishop’s Lounge is once again a true lounge space, with areas to relax, visit, study, or play a rousing game of ping pong. Electrical outlets have been fixed so students can use them to plug in laptops and other electronic devices.

 

Other Recently Completed Projects