Xavier holds a blessing ceremony for the new student residential complex now under construction

Father Al Bischoff, S.J., administers the blessing at the residential greenspace on campus | April 30, 2010

Members of the Xavier community attended a blessing for the new student residence and dining complex on Friday, May 7, at the greenspace on the residential mall. President Michael J. Graham, S.J., presided over the event staged across Herald Avenue from the construction site, and Father Al Bischoff, S.J., a residence hall minister, gave the actual blessing.

The 240,000-square-foot complex will house approximately 535 students, primarily sophomores, in four connected buildings. The new dining facility will seat up to 800 and replaces the current Hoff Marketplace dining hall in the Cintas Center. The new dining hall is to retain the Hoff name in honor of the late James E. Hoff, S.J., former Xavier president. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2011.

The complex was designed by the architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott and is being built by Messer Construction Co. To help finance the construction, Xavier issued approximately $48 million in tax-exempt bonds in January 2010 through the State of Ohio Higher Educational Facility Commission.