Madonna University breaks ground on $9 million welcome center in Livonia
Once finished, the 28,000-square-foot center will serve as a hub for recruiting students and celebrating the history of the Catholic liberal arts university, according to a news release. University leadership expects the building to be complete by mid-2021.
Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Madonna President Michael Grandillo, donors and others were scheduled to attend the Sunday groundbreaking event, the release said.
The center is being paid for through a university fundraiser that launched a year and a half ago and just finished its silent phase, university spokeswoman Karen Sanborn, said. About $6.2 million has been raised.
The project designer is Ohio-based MKC Architects, and the general contractor is Plymouth-based J.S. Vig Construction Co. The center’s design is inspired by the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, in Italy, the release said.
The new center will be the third new standalone building on Madonna’s campus since the Franciscan Center opened in 2009. The university also in the fall bought the Ladywood High School property next to the campus and plans to locate its music and forensic science programs there, as well as athletics, Hometown Life reported.
Construction of two new residential halls housing 155 students finished in the spring of 2018 in time for fall semester. It was announced in 2017 as the first phase of a five-year project. Previously announced long-range plans included constructing a Student Services/Welcome Center and Recreation Center.
Posted By: Crain’s Detroit Business on May 19, 2019. For more information, please click here to read the source article.
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