A 21st Century Transformation

After more than 60 years, Northwestern University’s Kresge Hall is undergoing a major renovation. WATCH VIDEO


May 29, 2015

Since the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year, Kresge Centennial Hall has been a construction zone with a major demolition taking place inside the building. Now the removal of old cinderblock walls and antiquated mechanical systems brought the building down to its bare bones. Crews removed more than 2,000 tons of material during the demolition phase and recycled 98 percent of those materials. Demolition now complete, the foundation is being laid for an expansion that will connect to Crowe Hall and centralize classroom space on the first and second floors with office and support space on the upper floors. The remaining building envelope will also be improved with masonry work and new windows.

Nearly every Northwestern University undergraduate student has taken humanities classes at Kresge since it was built in 1954. It was designed as an institutional space without many creature comforts. When the project is complete by late 2016 it will have a very different look and feel with a lot of natural light, smart classroom technology and updated MEP/FP and communication systems. The project is LEED registered with the goal of a Platinum rating.

A new designated entry to the building will face the treasured Northwestern Rock with improvements to the landscaping and pathway around the Rock Plaza. As in the past, Kresge will serve as a home for many of the humanities departments from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences once the renovation is complete.

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