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Construction Underway on University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall

June 17, 2020
McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Courtesy Walbridge
McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Courtesy Walbridge
McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Courtesy HBRA Architects
McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. HBRA Architects

The University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall is taking shape, with roof trusses now in place following a month of steel erection work on the Indiana campus. The HBRA Architects, Inc-designed reconstruction project, for which we are providing structural and construction engineering services to LeJeune Steel Company, has stayed on track to open in the fall of 2021 – an impressive feat, given the setbacks projects have faced due to COVID-19.

It’s our fourth new building project on the campus in recent years, and one of two currently underway. The original McKenna Hall, built in 1966, housed the Notre Dame Conference Center, and was dismantled last fall to make way for the new building. Designed to match the campus’ collegiate gothic architecture, the new 85,000-square-foot structure will house conference and special event space as well as the enrollment division, which welcomes prospective students and other visitors.