September 17, 2019
What is now gravel will be the main floor where the Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives will be located, and where the Welcome Center Great Room for University events will be housed. The large hole next to it is the lower level where the University archives will be kept. A retention pond is south of the building closest to Schoolcraft Road.
The crew from Midwest GeoThermal last week bored the first dozen of 36 geothermal wells for a geothermal heating system. Each well is 460 feet deep (the length of one and a half football fields). Geothermal heat pumps will use the ground as a heat exchanger via a closed-loop water circuit that runs through 6.5 miles of tubing underground and into the building.
This system will save on heating and cooling costs, and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The project is on schedule to have the shell and roof up by mid- to late- December so that construction inside can continue through the winter months.
August 14, 2019
The first few months of construction on the Madonna University Welcome Center and Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives are in the books, and the Franciscan value of “reverence for creation” is evident around the construction site. Site preparation began shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony in May.
What was formerly part of the parking lot and green space, is now many large piles of approximately 6,000 cubic yards of topsoil and about 3,000 cubic yards of pulverized asphalt. These materials are being stored for re-use as the project progresses. This process is more environmentally-friendly than using all-new materials and it’s also more cost-effective.
Within the next week or so, crews are anticipating installing a geothermal heating system, which includes 33 wells to be drilled about 400 feet into the ground. Geothermal heat pumps use the ground as a heat exchanger via a closed-loop water circuit. Because the earth is a constant 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit, this system saves on heating and cooling costs, and reduces the use of fossil fuels.
Recently, crews have been busy digging the retention pond, at the southwest part of the site closest to Schoolcraft Road, and have installed the drainage system for the parking lot. They have dug out the lower level of the new building, are finishing up water tap connection work, and next week will lay drain tile under the lower level floor before pouring the lower level concrete floor. They are working toward a goal of having the shell of the building complete before the weather changes, so that construction can continue through the winter.
May 19, 2019
LIVONIA, MICH. - More than 100 alumni, faculty, staff, and benefactors sloshed through the pouring rain to join Madonna University President Michael Grandillo, the Felician Sisters of North America, and the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, as they broke ground to begin construction of a $9 million, 28,000-square-foot Madonna University Welcome Center and Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives.
To celebrate Madonna University’s rich heritage and contributions to the community, Madonna University trustees and administrators have developed plans for a Madonna University Welcome Center and Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives that will:
Madonna University will utilize the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center and its Great Room for campus visits, art exhibitions, banquets, and large gatherings, which will provide students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to build relationships with members of the diverse southeast Michigan communities in which they live, work, worship, and play.
The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center building design is reflective of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Central Italy. It will maintain the Basilica’s sanctuary feeling with an open interior, meandering paths, special repetition of columns, and a center for gathering, reflection and learning.
The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will include space for the Felician Heritage Center, exhibition space, a multipurpose space, administrative offices, archives, art gallery, cafe, gardens, and more.
The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will blend the past, present, and future, and will serve as a University resource for important work. The success of this campaign will result in a myriad of uses and benefits to a growing and enduring University.
The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will integrate the University's mission and core values, serve as an inviting first point of contact for future students, expand the University's involvement in the community, and add needed space for student fellowship and classwork.