Leo J. Meehan School of Business Building
The site for the new Leo J. Meehan School of Business proudly occupies the south side of the academic quad, directly east of Cushing-Martin Hall. This site was carefully chosen to maximize the impact that the building would have in redefining and enhancing the quad. The footprint of the building will provide a “front porch” effect that will encourage new social spaces. The south side of the building will overlook Ames Pond and will include gathering and garden spaces while enlivening the heavily used pedestrian connection behind the Chapel of Mary.
This new building is being designed as a three-story building of approximately 62,000 gross square feet and will be consistent with the architecture of the campus, with a red brick exterior and a sloped roof.
The building will include a mix of instructional, entrepreneurial and collaborative spaces to enrich students’ experiential learning. In addition to flexible classrooms and seminar rooms, these spaces include a Bloomberg classroom, trading room, simulated board room, maker spaces, computer lab and group study rooms. The building will also have a large lobby for guest speakers and other events, a café, conference rooms and faculty offices for the Business, Economics, and Health Care Administration Departments and the Dean of the School of Business.
This project is expected to break ground in the spring of 2018, with full occupancy planned for August 2019.
Academic & Welcome Center
The Old Student Union Building was razed in June 2017, making room for the new Academic and Welcome Center. This building will be home to the History, Religious Studies and Philosophy faculty as well as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. It will also serve as the Admissions visitor center, providing a welcoming lobby, presentation room, offices and small conference room. Also included in the building will be four large classrooms, three seminar-sized classrooms, a 360-seat auditorium, café, bookstore, lobby and outside terrace.
The location of this building serves these functions well as it is the crossroads of the College at the northernmost end of the major pedestrian walkway. It is adjacent to the academic quad and offers dramatic views up to Donahue Hall.
The College has hired the architectural firm SLAM Collaborative, which designed both the Shields Science Center and New Hall. Bond Brothers has been hired for construction management. They successfully oversaw construction of the Shields Science Center and the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex addition and renovation project.
This building is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 2018, in time for the fall 2018 semester.
Brother James Madigan, C.S.C., Carriage House
Campus Police and Safety moved into the former Education Building, now named for the beloved Brother Jim, in April 2017 following a substantial renovation. This new space includes a dispatch area, waiting room, six offices, conference room, large multi-purpose room, break room, interview room, evidence rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms and bathrooms, armory, and storage areas. The building’s exterior has been enhanced with new landscaping and an updated entrance, as well as a light gray coat of paint and black shutters.
Solar Parking Canopies at Student/Visitor Parking Lot
Our largest parking lot, with 767 spaces, is now almost entirely covered by five large carports containing 6,500 rooftop solar panels. This 2.7 MW installation was substantially completed in March 2017 and will be connected to the grid this summer.
With the addition of this project, our solar installations generate a combined 6.96 million kWh annually, which is 44% of Stonehill’s total annual consumption. This is a very important step toward achieving our sustainability goals.
Additional benefits of this project include LED lighting, security cameras, electric vehicle charging stations, underground drainage, covered parking during inclement weather and easier snow removal.
Rabbi H. David Werb Interfaith Meditation Garden
In the spirit of interfaith dialogue, the College dedicated a meditation garden on August 21, 2016, in honor of a local rabbi, Rabbi H. David Werb, who spent his career bringing different communities of faith together.
Located on the south side of the Chapel of Mary, the new meditation garden is a relocation and reconfiguration of a similar garden that had been built in Rabbi Werb’s honor at Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton upon his retirement in 2007. Stonehill worked with Temple Beth Emunah to move the garden to campus after the Temple building was sold last year.
Throughout his 36 years of service at Temple Beth Emunah, Rabbi Werb played an instrumental role in fostering deep connections between people of different faiths. As a co-founder of the Brockton Interfaith Community, Rabbi Werb worked tirelessly to inspire his community to take action for the public good through his leadership and wisdom. It is hoped that it will be a place for prayerful reflection, and for dialogue, conversation, and learning that leads to action.
Where once there was asphalt, now there is a lush green garden in the Duffy parking lot.
This beautification project, completed in August 2016, is part of the College’s goal of creating more outdoor social gathering spaces on campus, building on the success of such spaces near the Shields Science Center and the MacPháidín Library.
In addition to planting trees and shrubbery in the area, the gathering space includes tables with purple umbrellas, several sitting walls and brick pathways. The pathway area connecting the Commonwealth Courts area to Duffy and Roche commons was also enhanced with new cherry tress, a rod iron fence and benches.
Paul Ricci, Associate Director of Grounds Operation said that the Duffy garden project “is an important element to add to the college grounds as these areas enhance our sense of community. The garden is a gem for everyone who studies or works here. We also know it will appeal to incoming students and their families.”
Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex
Opened in August 2015, the newly renovated Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex, built in 1988, amasses over 100,000 square feet. Included in this space is a 24,000 square foot renovation of the existing Sports Complex as well as the 55,024 square foot Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center expansion.
The Complex serves the needs of students participating in 20 varsity sports, 11 club sports, 20-plus intramural sports and provides enhanced recreational and fitness programming for all students, faculty and staff.
The Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Athletic and Fitness Center is named for Stonehill’s ninth president. Fr. Mark served the College as president for 13 successful years.
Some highlights of the Cregan Center include:
- The James “Lou” Gorman, ’53 Pavilion, through a grant from the Yawkey Foundation, displaying and honoring Lou’s commitment to the Boston Red Sox and Stonehill College. His sports memorabilia, including three World Series rings, and his long-lasting relationship to the College are featured.
- A new 19,556 square foot fitness center serving the entire campus community, complete with 150-plus cardio and resistance equipment pieces.
- The 1,000 square foot Richard “Dick” Grant Student-Athlete Study Lounge, providing access to group and individual study space, technology and additional academic resources.
- Two large multi-purpose rooms, designed to house a variety of activities from group exercise sessions and undergraduate classes to meetings, receptions and community events.
- New archival display cases telling the story of the history of Stonehill athletics and recreation.
- New state-of-the-art Sports Medicine facilities, complete with hot/cold therapy tubs, a rehabilitation area and twice the number of treatment tables to serve our student-athletes.
- Two film/classrooms, hosting team film and strategy meetings and academic classes.
- Five new team locker rooms and eight renovated locker rooms to serve varsity teams, faculty, staff and students.
- A new 7,700 square foot varsity strength & conditioning center, allowing more student-athletes increased access to train for competition.
- Office suites housing Athletic & Recreation Department coaches and administrative staff.
David Ames Clock Farm Solar Field
Stonehill College has completed three solar installations, which include a 15 acre field and two storage building roofs at the David Ames Clock Farm. The two roof installations became operational in February 2014, and the field came on-line the following summer. This field is the 11th (tied) largest solar installation on a college campus nationwide and the largest on a New England college campus.
The 3 installations have a combined 9,625 panels with a production of 3.384 million kWh (kilowatt-hours) per year. This covers 20% of Stonehill’s annual electrical consumption, which is currently 16 million kWh. The field is expected to save the College over $185,000 per year or an estimated $3.2 million over the course of a 15-year contract with New Jersey-based Marina Energy.
Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA, the leading commercial solar energy project developer in the state, built the 15-acre solar field while the entire project was overseen by Power Management, Inc., an energy consulting firm which manages over 15,000 commercial and industrial utility meters throughout North America.
During the celebration held in May 2014, special thanks were given to not only our great project partners and neighbors, but especially to our students who saw the potential for solar energy on campus and argued persuasively for the College to explore that option back in the fall of 2010.
Rev. Thomas Feeley, C.S.C. Pedestrian Bridge
In the fall of 2013, the College celebrated the completion of our new pedestrian bridge, which is named in honor of the long-time professor and student mentor. The bridge crosses Ames Pond at its narrowest point, connecting the area around O’Hara Hall and the south quad with the four residence halls on the east side of campus.
This beautiful structure was designed and built by York Bridge Concepts of Florida, the nation’s largest on-site and highly recognized timber bridge builder. Made of southern yellow pine, the bridge spans 110 feet, 10 feet wide, and rises about 9 feet above the water. This project aligns with our Campus Master Plan in creating a more accessible and pedestrian friendly campus, and we feel that it also adds great beauty to our campus.