Building the Campus for Tomorrow: Saint Mary Completes Phase One

Building the Campus for Tomorrow - University of Saint Mary

Thousands of you have helped ignite the capital campaign to create the Campus for Tomorrow—USM’s largest-ever campus improvement project. Launched in 2014, projects strategically fell into a four-phased approach, beginning with the construction of a $7 million stadium, thanks to the generosity of USM’s dear friend Charles “Charlie” J. Berkel.

Alongside your generous donations to the capital fund, the Mabee Foundation also gifted Saint Mary with a challenge grant worth $400,000—in support of the revitalization plans for of Saint Joseph Dining Hall.

Like with any construction project, there have been unexpected twists, bumps, and standstills, but Phase 1 is officially complete … and worth celebrating!

Big changes to campus continue as we enter Phase 2.

PHASE 2 — $6.5 million

  • Updating Miege Hall science labs
  • Building exercise science and athletic training programs
  • Completing De Paul Library enhancements and Learning Center
    Building an entry way and maximizing parking

In Phases 3 and 4, Saint Mary will continue its commitment to improving the residential experience for students. Residential students will be at the center of university life—with easy access to all the on-campus events and activities, surrounded by opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, and of course, making the walk to class that much shorter.

PHASES 3 & 4 — $5 million

Renovate Maria Hall—which is showing her age after almost 50 years in business

  • Interior and exterior directional signage
  • Interior and exterior security cameras
  • HVAC piping in hall basement
  • Double-pane windows in every room
  • Tuckpointing brick
  • Upgrading electrical panels
  • Installing new large-capacity chiller Create new residential housing

Saint Mary is growing—just as the needs of our students and campus are changing. We invite you to follow the action and share in all that we know at

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