With a bulldozer as a backdrop, Catholic University held a March 12 ceremonial groundbreaking for Opus Hall, which will be a residential facility for 400 students.
Among the guests at the groundbreaking were Neil J. Rauenhorst, a 1976 graduate of CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning and a member of CUA’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Becky. The name Opus Hall recognizes a $3 million gift for the building project from Rauenhorst, his wife and the Opus Group real estate development company. Opus East, L.L.C., a member of the Opus Group, is the contractor for the design and construction of the building.
In addition to Rauenhorst, special guests at the ceremony included Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of CUA’s trustees; other university trustees; Opus East executives; and D.C. government officials and community leaders.
The seven-story building, slated for completion by 2009, will be located in the northeast corner of campus near John McCormack Road and Flather Hall. The residence hall will qualify for certification as an environmentally friendly facility because of such things as its energy-efficient appliances and heating and cooling systems. The building will boast expansive gathering spaces, which will further reinforce the strong sense of community that attracts students to CUA.
Well to the south of Opus Hall, another sign of renewal is occurring in a building that has been at the heart of campus since 1958. Keane Hall is undergoing a makeover, thanks to an $8 million gift from the Knights of Columbus. Work on the long-vacant structure began in April, as interior walls were gutted along with the building’s insulation and electrical, heating/cooling, plumbing and lighting systems. When the renovation
is completed in 2008, the building will be renamed McGivney Hall in honor of Rev. Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus.
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