$18 million renovation of Alter Hall, Xavier's primary classroom building, begins in May

Alter Hall was an innovative landmark when it was constructed in 1960 | March 4, 2014

Rendering of the renovated Alter Hall.

Rendering of the renovated Alter Hall.

Alter Hall, Xavier's primary classroom building for more than 50 years, has been approved for an $18 million renovation that gives the University a 21st-century teaching and learning facility supporting the entire campus with four stories of modern classrooms.

The Xavier Board of Trustees approved the renovation in February. The project begins in May with partial demolition and gutting of the building and concludes in August 2015, when the building re-opens in time to welcome the incoming Class of 2019.

Financing for the project comes from annual operating cash flows without incurring any new debt.

“We're thrilled to restore Alter, which is an iconic building, filled with memories and tradition for Xavier faculty and students past and present,“ said Beth Amyot, senior vice president and CFO for Xavier. “Xavier is known for being a four-year, residential, Jesuit university with superior academics for undergraduates as well as graduate and professional students. This renewed building will better serve our growing base of students.”

The Alter makeover expands and enhances the educational environment for Xavier's undergraduate and graduate students. The revitalized classroom building remains the location where many courses in the core curriculum will be taught. The building will house the deans’ offices for the College of Arts and Sciences, Xavier’s three honors programs and cross-disciplinary partnerships and allows for greater collaboration in the classroom.

Dedicated in December 1960, Alter Hall was the first air-conditioned building on campus. The cost of construction was $1.175 million and included a 300-seat lecture hall and 33 classrooms, which doubled classroom space for the University. The need for the building was in part dictated by the growing popularity of summer school.

Located along the Academic Mall, Alter has been the primary classroom building since its construction. Nearly every Xavier student and faculty member has passed through its doors.

The Alter renovation continues a long stretch of growth and improvement in regard to academic and student services at Xavier. Since 2010, the University has built Smith Hall, Conaton Learning Commons, Fenwick Place residential and dining facilities, and a Central Utility Plant, increasing gross square feet on campus by 25 percent. Xavier also owns the land where the University Station development project is now under construction near Montgomery Road.

Faculty and administrators partnered together to develop the programming and redesign of Alter Hall. The renovation, as opposed to a tear-down, is a sign of Xavier's commitment to sustainability and financial responsibility as well as to its mission in regard to teaching and learning. The building is energy efficient with sustainable design.

Learn more and view the plans at the Physical Plant website.