Renovations to Continue Into Fall
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 15:08
Construction on Dahlgren Chapel, Hoya Court and other renovation projects will continue through the beginning of the school year.
Dahlgren Chapel, which closed for interior renovations in mid-July, will reopen on weekends for services and weddings Sept. 7 but will remain closed during the week for continued renovation.
During the first weekend of school, morning masses will be held at St. William’s Chapel in Copley Hall, and evening masses will be held at Holy Trinity Church. Services during the week will occur as usual in Copley Crypt Chapel.
Although a majority of the chapel’s exterior work was completed by the end of the spring semester, the interior structural renovations remain incomplete, said Vice President for Mission and Ministry Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J.
The floor, originally composed of slate, was removed and is being replaced by stronger Portuguese limestone, with added flooring support. The floor will be completed by the weekend of Sept. 7. During the week, construction workers will continue painting the chapel’s interior, installing lighting and sound systems and adding a video system to record liturgies. Seating will be temporary until new wooden seats are installed in early October.
Landscaping will continue through late fall, as will work on sidewalks surrounding the chapel.
A new, custom-commissioned organ will be installed during winter break, since the chapel must close for its installation. The old organ was donated to a Catholic church in Cleveland.
“When completed, students will find the chapel familiar in look as what they’re used to,” O’Brien said. “It will be more refreshed. They will be improvements that will make it an even more attractive place to pray.”
Calcagnini Contemplative Center
The Calcagnini Contemplative Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Clarke County, Va., which has been under construction since fall 2011, will open to hold the first ESCAPE retreat Sept. 20. The official opening of the 55-acre center, however, is not until Oct. 3, when the formal blessing will take place.
Most campus ministry retreats will take place at the center, which will also be open to other departments depending on availability. The center’s zoning agreement with the county limits the number of days it may be in use.
Minor construction will continue after the center’s opening to comply with requirements of the certificate of occupancy, on which Georgetown is currently working to secure for the center.
The Calcagnini family also fully endowed the ESCAPE First Year Experience program in 1991.
Construction of new restaurants in Hoya Court, originally scheduled to be completed before the fall semester, will continue through mid-October.
The new restaurants — Elevation Burger, Salad Creations and a larger Subway — will replace Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut and the former Subway restaurant as healthier options. Students of Georgetown Inc. is also planning to open a salad and smoothie shop in Healey Family Student Center in 2014.
Until construction is complete, Einstein Bagel Bros. will operate a kiosk in Hoya Court, and Auxiliary Services will operate an unspecified hot food station.
Healey Family Student Center
Construction on the Healey Family Student Center in New South began in June. According to Director of Media Relations Rachel Pugh, construction is going well and the space is on track to be completed by fall 2014.
“You can tell when you walk around campus that there is a lot of activity,” Pugh said. “There were a lot of other projects over the summer to improve student spaces.”
In August, Mason Inn owner Fritz Brogan (COL ’07, LAW ’10) joined students at a forum to solicit feedback on the HFSC pub. Students discussed the pub’s name, its relationships with student groups and concerns about underage drinking at the meeting.
Some additional projects include replacing furniture in student lounges, painting and replacing carpet in Copley Hall.
“The living-learning experience and that environment that we have here is really important,” Pugh said. “We always have some renovations projects going on over the summer but these in particular, a lot of them focused on student space.”