A Common Ground for People & Ideas

Eck Hall of Law, University of Notre Dame

South Bend, Indiana

When plans for the law school expansion were launched to address overcrowding problems nearly a decade ago, university leaders wanted to keep the existing law school at the heart of the campus and integrate the addition into the original facility.

 

Designed as a common ground for people and ideas, the new $57-million Eck Hall of Law, Notre Dame’s law school addition, connects to the original Notre Dame Law School building.

 

Completed in 2010, the new 85,500-SF building houses classrooms, faculty offices, and administrative office space, and connects to the existing structure through a covered walkway and chapel at ground level, and through a dramatic common area above. A 205-seat moot courtroom, four lecture halls, five seminar rooms, three skills training rooms, student services and activities center, and a 75-seat chapel are also housed in the new complex.

 

The renovation of the gothic structure, home to the Law School since the 1930s, houses the renovated Law Library, together with additional classrooms and office space.

 

New teaching/office addition and renovations of library form a single facility that nearly doubles School’s space. Sequencing of new construction and renovations into two phases minimized disruption and saved time and money.

 

The new chapel, easily accessible on the ground floor of the archway structure, holds as many as 70 people — almost 50 more than its predecessor.

 

Architect

The S/L/A/M Collaborative

 

Size / Cost

85,500 SF / $57 million

 

Services

Civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing/fire protection, technology design and commissioning