Two buildings on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC) — the Mundelein Center for the Performing Arts and the Crown Center for the Humanities — are undergoing repairs to maintain their facades.
Work on Mundelein began in early September, starting with inspections of the building’s exterior, which are currently ongoing, according to Kana Henning, associate vice president for facilities. She said the inspections should be complete by mid-October.
This is the first step in a three-year, multi-phased project which aims to check the building panels’ stabilization and look for gaps in the limestone in order to prevent potential leaks, Henning said. This project is another in a long string of other facade restoration projects Mundelein has undergone over the years, Henning said.
Repairs to the Crown Center’s facade began in 2019 and are now in the second of three planned stages, with the third and final stage expected to be completed in 2022. The work being done to the Crown Center is largely the same as the Mundelein Center, with the added tasks of installing new fleshing to the building and laying new bricks to ensure the stability of the building, Henning told The Phoenix.
Both of the projects are being completed by Klein & Hoffman, an architectural and structural engineering firm based in Chicago. Loyola has hired them for similar projects in the past, including past facade repairs to Mundelein.
Students may have also noticed construction work being done on the Madonna della Strada Chapel. Repairs had to be made to internal gutters that were leaking into the chapel, Henning said.
While these efforts are in progress students will continue to have to use the side entrances of Mundelein as the front entrance has been blocked off due to the ongoing repairs.