UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
Miller-Davis served as construction manager for a significant renovation project at the University of Notre Dame’s iconic Hesburgh Library. Hesburgh Library underwent major renovations to fulfill Notre Dame’s vision of creating a modern, forward-thinking academic research library. The focus was on a bold and total space transformation that creates connections among scholars, services and resources; enhances teaching and research; and inspires learning and discovery for Notre Dame students and faculty in the digital age.
The $47 million project was phased to accommodate the ongoing operations of the 440,000 square foot, 14-story facility. The project encompassed four phases and each phase of the project was divided into small construction sites of 3,000-5,000 square feet. The Entrance Gallery, which spans the first and second floors, connects the main entrance and upper twelve floors through an atrium-style opening. The vibrant main space encourages more connection and intellectual engagement. Another key aspect of the renovations is the creation of “neighborhoods,” which are two-story areas that create cohesiveness by joining the first and second library levels with related services. An enhanced technology area, dubbed Technology Row, connects students to digital services and resources that complement the evolving research landscape. The Library’s renovation provides an additional 2,000 study seats – expanding the amount of space allocated to students by over 60 percent.