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The Marquette Crater

You have to look down to see university's new building currently.

By - Jun 11th, 2021 10:22 pm
Construction workers at 1530 W. Wisconsin Ave. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Construction workers at 1530 W. Wisconsin Ave. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Eventually things will rise, but right now there is a large hole in the ground at 1530 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Led by J.H. Findorff & Son, a large-scale construction effort that started in March has yielded a partially complete foundation for what will eventually be a four-story building.

Marquette University is building a $60 million home for its College of Business Administration and innovation leadership programs.

The university is billing the 100,000-square-foot facility as the anchor to the campus’s western gateway. The new building will include a sizable open atrium, classrooms, faculty office space, lab and study spaces and event space.

Located at the northeast corner of N. 16th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave., the site was home to the 725-bed McCormick Hall for more than 50 years. But the 12-story, beer-can-shaped residence hall was demolished starting in 2019, with the university selling commemorative can koozies to mark its demise.

A name has yet to be released for the building, but it is expected to be completed by December 2022. It’s the largest building entirely funded by donors in the university’s history.

A 2016 master plan envisioned a recreation and wellness center being constructed on the site. But in January 2020, university president Michael R. Lovell announced the plans for the new academic building.

It’s one of several new buildings on the campus in recent years. McCormick Hall was rendered obsolete by a new, 890-bed residence hall, The Commons, that opened in 2018. The Athletic and Human Performance Research Center opened in spring 2019. A new Physician Assistant Studies building also opened later that year.

The College of Business Administration has been located in Straz Hall for 36 years.

Kansas City-based BNIM and Workshop Architects are partnering on the design of the new building.



McCormick Hall Demolition


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