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Ellen Bauch/ The Phoenix
Ellen Bauch/The Phoenix

The freshmen may not be the only ones lost on campus this week.

Construction on campus continued throughout the summer and as a result, returning students may be a little confused when they go to look for familiar spots on campus; they will also notice some new additions.

Water Tower Campus

Water Tower Campus (WTC) leads the way in terms of relocations. On Monday, Aug. 19, Lu’s Deli and Pub opened for business at WTC. Located on the first floor of the Terry Student Center (where the bookstore used to be, for the savvy returning students), Lu’s offers made-to-order sandwiches and grab-and-go snacks. Students and faculty have several options for seating: in the basement of Lu’s, out on the patio or in the lobby of the Terry Student Center. Lu’s will also offer beer and wine beginning in September, according to Ann Marie Morgan, associate dean of students at WTC, when they obtain a liquor license.

The Terry Food Court is no more.

“I don’t think it was as successful as it could have been or worked in the way we would have thought,” Morgan said. “It was on the second floor and a lot of people didn’t even know it was there. Lu’s being on the first floor will give it street access and will get more traffic.”

The bookstore, formerly located on the first floor of the Terry Student Center, has moved to the second floor, with a new wellness center located just behind it.

The wellness center, which also opened Aug. 19, will have a nurse practitioner, a full-time psychologist, a social worker and an office manager, according to Morgan.

“They will also have extended hours [until 7 p.m.] in the evening,” Morgan said, “to help accommodate graduate students who may have work or class.” A more detailed description of Wellness Center hours and services can be found at luc.edu/wellness.

The third floor of Terry also has a fitness studio, a more modest cousin of the Lake Shore Campus’ Halas Sports Center. The studio was completed in April and is available for Baumhart Hall residents, graduate students, faculty and staff. The studio includes bikes, treadmills and ellipticals and also offers group fitness classes, such as pilates every Thursday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. and Yoga on Thursday and Sunday evenings. For a full schedule, visit luc.edu/campusrec/wtcfitnessstudio/groupfitness/.

Lastly, if anyone is looking for the WTC mailroom, it is now in the basement of Terry. The mailroom’s former location, on the corner of Pearson and State Street, has been demolished to make way for the new Quinlan School of Business building.

After the demolition of one additional building and getting the board of trustee’s approval on Sept. 6, construction on the new Quinlan building can begin. It is scheduled for completion in May 2015 and will open in fall 2015, according to Wayne Magdziarz, senior vice president of capital planning at Loyola. The project will cost Loyola a total of $67 million. According to the Chicago Tribune, it is partially funded by the $40 million gift from former McDonald’s CEO Michael Quinlan, chairman of the Loyola board of trustees and Loyola alums.

Lake Shore Campus

Lake Shore Campus (LSC) has several new additions, including the De Nobili (6350 N. Kenmore Ave.) and San Francisco (6327 N. Kenmore Ave.) freshmen residence halls and the Institute of Environmental Sustainability (6349 N. Kenmore Ave.), all located on Kenmore Avenue between Sheridan Road and Rosemont Avenue.

“Some of the rooms in San Francisco Hall, which is connected to the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, will be the rooms everyone wants on campus,” Magdziarz said. “In the winter you can come back from class and open the windows in your dorm, and it will open out into the atrium in the Institute of Environmental Sustainability.”

De Nobili Hall, across the street from BVM Hall and the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, has space for 200 students and a new dining facility on the first floor for students.

This fall will bring more change to Kenmore Avenue. With city of Chicago approval expected in September, Kenmore Avenue will close permanently to vehicle traffic. Magdziarz said the closure will probably happen in early November. Instead of a street there will be a pedestrian mall, a street closed off to automobile traffic. Once approved, construction will begin in the fall and end in the spring or summer of 2014, according to Magdziarz.

Halas Sports Center is also a continuing project, with a new basement workout area and a rock wall completed last academic year. Halas is not scheduled for completion until fall 2014. Until then, construction on the addition to Halas is underway, immediately east of Halas’s existing structure and south of Norville. Students can access Halas by going through Damen Student Center.

The CTA Plaza at Loyola station was also completed in August.

Maywood

Construction on a new research building in Maywood will begin this fall. The $137 million project “will take all our research strengths and put them in one building for collaboration … [and for] application of our research initiatives,” Magdziarz said. The Center for Translational Research and Education, which will be built immediately east of the Stritch School of Medicine, will be completed in winter 2015.

Funding for Loyola construction projects comes from three sources, according to Magdziarz: the university’s capital pool (a combination of sources, including a yearly budget of $45 million and loans), philanthropic sources (i.e., donations) and state and federal sources (i.e., grants). Most of Loyola’s construction projects pull from more than one of these sources.

“With the exception of really minor hiccups, these projects have been on time and on budget,” Magdziarz said.

And the end is in sight.

“Generally, students love it when it’s done, but hate [construction] while it’s going on,” Magdziarz said. “There will be a visible pause in construction after 2015. The university will pay back a lot of debt short term over the next seven years. If you look at the past seven years versus the next seven years, there will not be the same volume of construction.”

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