Construction barriers, heavy machinery and piles of building materials in the parking lot are generally regarded less as inconveniences and more as indicators of good health on a college campus. With cranes to the east of it and cranes to the west, evidently the prognosis at St. Norbert is a fine one.
Most visible from the street is the conversion of the former St. John’s Church building into the Cassandra Voss Center, which comes into being as the result of one of the largest-ever gift totals for gender programming in higher education. This building is destined to be the new home for the Women’s Center, the Men’s Initiative, and the women’s and gender studies discipline.
Meanwhile, across the academic heart of campus, the largest project ever undertaken by the college is under way as JMS undergoes its transformation into the 150,000-square-foot Gehl-Mulva Science Center. Ground was officially broken May 10. This 27-month project will be completed in phases, with the first phase seeing additions to both the east and west ends of the building.