This is an exciting time to be at Loyola. With a new Master Plan (pdf) in hand, ongoing construction will be a fact of campus life for quite some time. We will use this space to keep the community posted on the progress of these projects.

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On Monday, May 20, work will begin to replace the Loyola/Tulane fence on West Road between West Road Garage and St. Charles Avenue. Therefore, there will be no parking on this section of West Road beginning Monday. In addition, West Road will be one-way in from St. Charles Avenue to the West Road Garage. There will be no exit to St. Charles avenue from the garage or the rear of campus. The only exits from campus will be at Freret Street, or at Calhoun Street via Lasalle or Cromwell Streets.

Please anticipate these measures and plan accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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Due to necessary electrical work, power will be off in the following buildings from 3 A.M. to approximately 7 A.M. on Tuesday morning, May 21st:

Marquette Hall

Holy Name of Jesus Church

Stallings Hall

Danna Center

Biever Hall

Buddig Hall

If you have any computer programs, experiments, or anything requiring precautions for a power interruption, please plan accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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Starting Thursday, March 21st, the center tower stairs and bathrooms in Monroe Hall will be taken out of service.  The handicapped accessible restrooms on the 2nd floor and 4th floor will be taken out of service also.  The new bathrooms at the new south tower (towards C&M) will be the only bathrooms available for use in Monroe Hall.  Please be aware that the south stairs are under construction, and are to be used for emergency exit only.  No one is allowed to enter the construction site at any time.

We will install signage at the center stair and at several locations throughout the building to help with the transition.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this adjustment.

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As everyone can see, there is a lot of construction activity at Monroe Hall.  The exterior wall waterproofing system is coming together, the first of the new windows have been installed, and the exterior brick is available for installation to begin in about a month.  The 700 and 800 level roofs are nearly dried-in, the wall system is being coated with waterproofing (the blue stuff), and as we close the remaining areas, we will continue to gain ground on having a “dried-in” building.

Next week, the South Tower bathrooms will be opened for use.  The south stair will continue to be a construction area, but the stair will be available for emergency exiting, leading into the Chemistry entrance at the south end of the building.  The interior of the bathrooms will be complete, but the transition area from un-renovated Monroe to the new bathrooms will be somewhat unfinished.  As floors are taken for renovation, the transition areas will be renovated to match the new finishes.

When the south bathrooms are opened, the existing bathrooms in the center stair will be taken out of service.  Demolition of the center stair will begin at the start of the Easter break, and should take about 4-6 weeks to complete.  This is probably the most challenging aspect of the entire renovation project, and we will work closely with the contractor to monitor and coordinate this demolition and disposal. The center stair will be locked, and no one should try to enter at any time.

The existing exterior SW stair at the Palm Court will be the stair of convenience.  Work will continue at the North Tower and the Center Tower, and these additional stairs will become available in the coming months.  The new north stair is still available for emergency exiting.

The new passenger elevators (3) are being installed, and they are expected to be put in service sometime near the end of May.  This will allow us to remove the existing passenger elevators, and continue with new mechanical and electrical installations for renovated Monroe.  The freight elevator will be replaced during the summer months.  During the transition, we have decided to not install the new interior finishes to the new passenger elevators, allowing us to use these for freight, if necessary.  When the new freight elevator is put into service, we will install the new finishes in the new passenger elevators.

I have been asked about what to expect during the Easter break and during the summer.  Certainly, we will take advantage of every opportunity to perform the most invasive activities when the occupancy of the building is reduced.  With that being said, we will work with individual departments to coordinate work so that it best suits the needs of students and faculty.  We greatly appreciate the continued cooperation that we are getting from all.


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With apologies for the short notice, please be advised that the main Freret Street entrance and exit to the campus will be closed today, February 28th. We have been notified that Boh Brothers Construction Company will be making street repairs on Freret Street at this location. Thank you for your patience as this work is conducted.

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Beginning Saturday, Feb. 9th, several projects will begin in Monroe Hall to take advantage of the break in classes.  These projects include:

  • Installation of underground utilities at the southwest entrance
  • Removal of mechanical pipes and electrical conduit which fed the old 5th and north 4th floors
  • Re-arrangement of fume hood exhaust systems
  • Construction of new exit corridors on the 4th floor
  • Construction of access corridors to new south-side bathrooms on the 4th floor

Additionally, air conditioning and heating services will be interrupted for a short time on 2/13 – 2/14 to facilitate removal of several existing air conditioning units and there will also be a brief interruption of domestic water services during the same time frame.

Loyola’s Director of Construction and Safety has been in contact with all impacted departments and has made arrangements to move and protect any equipment in the areas in which construction will take place.

These projects are scheduled to be completed before classes resume on Feb. 18th.

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The Monroe Hall project is proceeding on schedule.  The concrete pours are nearing completion and work on the building sheathing is underway.  The new elevator system is scheduled for delivery in mid-February and plans call for it to be operational in early summer.

During the Mardi Gras break, underground utility work will take place at the southwest entrance to Monroe Hall near the Communications and Music complex.  During the break, the exit will remain open but will be for emergency exiting only. The exterior stair near this exit will also remain open for normal use and the faculty after hours entrance will be moved to the entrance near Central Receiving during the break.  Please try to avoid this area until the work is completed.  The entrance will be returned to normal service before classes resume after the Mardi Gras break.

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The renovation of Monroe Hall is now fully underway.

To accommodate construction, several changes will occur in the building over the next several weeks.

Renovation of the 5th floor has begun and as of Monday, January 7th, elevator service to the 5th floor has been suspended.  Work on the north wing of the 4th floor is also underway and a new wall has been constructed restricting access to the construction zone.

Work on the exterior of the building has also started and, as a precautionary measure, exterior windows on the south and east sides of Monroe Hall will be protected with plastic sheeting.  Installation of the new building sheathing will also begin shortly and some existing windows may be covered.

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Several departments and offices in Monroe Hall are packing up and moving to new digs to accommodate ongoing renovations to the 43-year-old building. While most areas have already moved, the remainder will relocate in the next two months. These moves affect only faculty and administrative offices. No classrooms are being relocated at this time.

The following departments and offices are moving to these permanent and temporary locations:

Permanent relocations - 

  • Information Technology – Monroe Library 219
  • Academic Resource Center – Marquette 112 and 110
  • Upward Bound – Mercy 103 and 106
  • Internal Audit – Marquette 321
  • Professional and Continuing Studies – Marquette 270
  • University Honors Program – Monroe Library 112
  • Women’s Resource Center – Marquette 315 and 318
  • Grants and Sponsored Programs – Marquette 301
  • Institutional Research and Effectiveness – Marquette 320
  • General Counsel – Marquette 250
  • Government Relations – Marquette 240
  • Emergency Management – Marquette 418
  • Academic Affairs Budget Manager – Marquette 319

Temporary relocations –  

  • Department of Physics – Monroe 259 and 262
  • Department of Political Science – Modular Office Building Rm. 11, Mercy Parking Lot
  • Department of Sociology – Modular Office Building Rm. 9, Mercy Parking Lot
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences – Modular Office Building Rm. 17, Mercy Parking Lot

For more information, contact Physical Plant at 864-7490.

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Please be advised that the Northeast Entrance to Monroe Hall (Calhoun at Loyola) will be closed this weekend (11/10-11/11) so that covered walkway protection and construction scaffolding can be put in place.  All other entrances/exits will remain open as usual.  This work will be completed over the weekend and the entrance will be available for normal use on Monday, Nov. 12th.  Please try to avoid this area if possible, and as always, your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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