Immaculata University proudly announces plans to begin construction on the newest addition to campus –– the IHM Student Center. A groundbreaking ceremony has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. with Father Kevin McCabe, Immaculata’s new campus chaplain, providing the blessing. To honor Immaculata’s historic past, the shovel first used for the 1908 groundbreaking of Villa Maria Hall will ceremoniously break the ground 110 years later.
“After years of planning, our students will finally have a beautiful new place to call their own. I am grateful to all of the contributors and for everyone who has supported our goal to provide the best possible experience for our students,” comments President Barbara Lettiere ’72.
“Student life with its lively discussions, close friendships and the energy created by being together has always been an integral part of the Immaculata experience. Our community of Sisters is pleased to join with the university in breaking ground for this new IHM Student Center,” said Sister Marie Lorraine McGrew, IHM, general superior for the Immaculate Heart of Mary congregation. “May this relaxing facility provide space and incentive for IU students to gather for many years to come.”
Designed by nationally-renown architectural firm Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, the three- story, 11,000 square-foot building, will provide students a modern new hub for relaxation, recreation and socialization. The 20-foot high lounge area will feature a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace housed within a post-modern, soft-industrial motif.
Amenities include a snack bar featuring an open grill and a self-service counter for beverages and milkshakes; fully equipped fitness center overlooking the fireplace and lounge, featuring 34 exercise stations that utilize the most modern fitness equipment enhanced by personal technology options; a game room highlighted by two gaming stations, a 16-foot shuffleboard, ping-pong table, and pool table. Students will have the opportunity to host movie nights, theatrical performances and other activities in a multi-purpose room that will be equipped with new generation technology.
As part of an energy conservation focus, the building will employ hydraulic elevators, highly efficient heat pump system, LED lighting and occupancy sensors. Construction will continue throughout the summer with an anticipated opening for the fall 2018 semester.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.