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Bradley breaking ground in October

This fall, construction on Westlake Hall and the new Hayden Clark Alumni Center will begin.
“These new facilities will reflect the turn-of-the-century architecture of the original Bradley campus and will fully accommodate the highest standards of collaborative venues and leadership development,” said Kim Green, the facilities planning supervisor.
The groundbreaking and beginning of construction for the Alumni Center is scheduled for Oct. 1. The project includes a 25,000 square foot addition, which includes a basement and three more floors, onto the west side of Bradley Hall.
“Once completed, there will be a new grand entrance to Bradley Hall from the west that will overlook a new alumni quad after Haussler Hall is razed,” Green said. “Interior spaces will include alumni-related office space, conference rooms, an Alumni Hall of Pride and Library, a banquet room and two large balconies overlooking the future west alumni quad.”
The new addition is looking to be Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified depending on various design and construction criteria. Using environmentally friendly products, renewable resources and low consumption equipment and fixtures will help the new building gain this status.
“The mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems will also be low consumption and high efficiency,” Green said. “The technology systems will be state of the art.”
When it is completed, the Alumni Center will be relocated there from its current location in Comstock Hall.
The start date and details for construction on Westlake Hall have not been finalized yet.
The project includes a complete renovation of the existing building, a 112-year-old academic and administrative building, as well as a new 72,000 square foot addition to the west side of the building that will bring the 13,500 square foot building to a total of 85,500 square feet.
“The design and construction is intended to achieve Gold LEED certification through a point system related to energy conservation, green products and production which are environmentally friendly and the use of renewable resources, to name a few,” Green said.
Like the Alumni Center, design plans include high efficiency mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The new facility will also have high-end technology for classrooms, auditorium and several different event forums, she said.
Westlake currently houses the College of Education and Health Sciences, which will be expanded greatly into the new addition. The Institute of Principled Leadership in Public Service will also occupy a large space in the new building.