The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

CUA to Hold Groundbreaking for New Residence Hall

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday, March 12, at its campus in northeast D.C. for Opus Hall, an approximately $25 million seven-story residential facility that is slated for completion by 2009 to accommodate an increase in undergraduate enrollment.


1 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2007


The Catholic University of America
Area adjacent to Flather Hall
John McCormack Road near Taylor Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.


Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, will speak at the event. Special guests will include Neil J. Rauenhorst, a member of CUA's Board of Trustees, and his wife Becky; other board members; James J. Lee, president and chief executive officer of OPUS East Construction Group of Rockville, Md., contractor for the project; and government and local community leaders.

The name Opus Hall recognizes the $3 million gift for the building project from Neil Rauenhorst, a 1976 graduate of the university's School of Architecture and Planning, his wife and the Opus Group. Rauenhorst is president of NJR Development Co. LLC, a real estate development company based in Tampa, Fla.

Opus Hall, which will house about 400 students, will be located in the northeast corner of the university's main campus on the west side of John McCormack Road, just south of Taylor Street. The new building, designed in "collegiate Gothic" style, will qualify for certification as a "green" (environmentally friendly) facility and will have a strong emphasis on expansive student gathering spaces, which will further reinforce the strong sense of community that attracts students to CUA.


Those interested in covering the event must contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,