University Communications renovation wins state award

Author: Susan Lister

The entrance off the elevator to the fifth floor of Grace Hall has a bright updated look and new signage

Turning a 1980s dormitory into a modern, vibrant, collaborative work space was the challenge for University Facilities Design and Operations. Working in partnership with CSO Architects and Business Furnishings, the University’s primary furniture dealership, Notre Dame transformed the fifth floor of Grace Hall into unique offices and meeting space. Home to University Communications, the renovation was recently cited with second place honors in the International Interior Design Association—Indiana Chapter annual excellence awards competition.

A team from Facilities Design and Operations worked closely with representatives from University Communications to design and equip the space. The final product is a flexible environment that allows productive interaction while accommodating offices and meeting space with an agency-like feel.

The University photographers have a space with furniture that can be moved to suit current needs and projects

“It was a pleasure working with Julie Boynton, Mike Daly, the architects and their teams to create a space that inspires creativity, is both aesthetically beautiful and functional, and reflects University Communications’ commitment to serving the University,” says Ann Hastings, integrated marketing program director, University Communications, and a member of the planning committee. “The collaborative process was a special opportunity to combine our creative talents to produce a space we are absolutely delighted to be in and that functions very well for the various groups within University Communications.”