Lewis University breaks ground on new Student Center

Thetimesweekly.com | 5/2/2017, 2:04 p.m.

Students are expected to enjoy a new student center in Fall 2018. The Lewis University community gathered April 25 to break ground on the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center at its Romeoville campus.

The 26,000 square-foot building is expected to cost $12 million, of which $5.2 million has been raised through private gifts to the University. Offices for Student Services Divisional staff, meeting rooms for student organizations and the Student Senate are included in the design. Also included is a 24-hour convenience store and café, as well as a new dining hall that includes private dining space that students can reserve for meetings. Gathering spaces for students include meeting rooms, outdoor balconies and a gaming area.

Gaffney served as Lewis’ president from 1988 – 2016 during a time of significant growth in enrollment and physical transformation of the campus and the development of regional sites.

“For me personally, it is truly an honor to be associated with anything at Lewis University that is infused with the students of past, present and future,” he said.