On October 17, 2015, the doors of the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business on Benedictine University’s campus officially opened to students and faculty.
The new building establishes a home for the University’s world-class graduate and undergraduate business programs. The 125,000 square foot, four-story building is the largest classroom building on campus. Among the building’s many features is a 600-seat auditorium for presentations and lectures; a state-of-the-art trading lab, and a 6,000 square foot “Global Hall” that includes a digital stock ticker and a billboard-sized high-definition video screen.
In addition to numerous classrooms, labs and study spaces, the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall includes a Starbucks Café on the second floor; 150-seat and 80-seat seminar rooms on the third floor; and banquet facility and terrace event space on the fourth floor. The design intent was to deliver education with transparency and provide access to interactive learning for the entire student body. The design also creates interdepartmental synergies with cutting edge teaching spaces.
Despite being the largest classroom building on campus, the facility has seamlessly connected with the existing environment through a full renovation of the central quad. Newly walkways, landscaping, lighting and rain gardens allow the quad to serve as a central gathering place on campus.
ICI led the extensive preconstruction effort for the project and worked side-by-side with the University and campus architect, DLR Group, on cost control measures to bring the project within budget parameters. Construction began in the spring of 2014 and was delivered to the University in the fall of 2015 as planned.