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St. Edward’s University Campus Master Plan—Planning for the Future, Preserving the Past

One look around St. Edward’s University tells you that things are on the rise: enrollment, engagement, international growth — and, of course, exceptional new buildings that are changing the way students live and learn.

As the campus evolves to meet the needs of a diverse community of students and faculty, administrators ensure that every step forward also reflects the university’s rich history, spirit and vision that make St. Edward’s so exceptional.

Spurring Growth, Maintaining Excellence 

In 2011, the university’s Board of Trustees approved a new campus master plan to guide the growth of the university through 2015. The plan details a strategy and guidelines for upcoming facilities and landscaping while maintaining the architectural integrity of the hilltop. The most recent improvements completed include:

  • Construction of the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences and Technology Center–South Building
  • Construction of a new Munday Library
  • Renovation of Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
  • Replacement of Mang House, home to Campus Ministry
  • Landscape installation of all-faiths meditation garden
  • Renovation of Alumni Gym

Master Plan: Next Steps

In 2004, the facilities shop complex was demolished to make way for the JBWN Science Building. Planning for the replacement of the shops began immediately by setting aside facilities operational savings to fund a new building in the future. The University’s master planner explored multiple sites throughout campus. Ultimately, a site along St Edwards Drive between the practice soccer field and Premont Hall was selected. This location will significantly reduce truck traffic in the heart of campus and move it to the north perimeter. The Operations Building also allows for potential relocation of service operations currently located in the campus core, freeing up that space for academic functions. On February 19, 2015, the university’s Board of Trustees approved proceeding with the planning and design of the Operations Building. Construction is expected to begin during Fall 2015 after permitting is obtained and be completed in Summer 2016.

In Fall 2014, the University commissioned a facilities condition assessment of several buildings identified in the master plan in need of renovation.  The assessment concluded that Main Building, Holy Cross Hall, and Andre Hall have the most pressing needs. The university has identified funding to complete two buildings and assigned priority to our iconic historical buildings. Additionally, economies of scale may be achieved by combining the renovations of both buildings into a single project. On February 19, 2015, the university’s Board of Trustees approved proceeding with the planning and design for the repair of Main Building and the renovation of Holy Cross Hall. Construction is expected to begin during Fall 2015 after permitting is obtained and be completed in Summer 2017.