The beautiful design of the Madonna University Welcome Center and Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives is inspired and enticing in the way it blends the past, present, and future and serves as a University resource for important work. The success of this campaign for the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will result in a myriad of uses and benefits to a growing and enduring University.
The north wing of the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will includea 3,000-square-foot, multi-purpose event space, with a dedicated catering kitchen and restrooms. The Great Room event space is appropriate for up to 400 guests, and will facilitate a wide range of University and community events.
The south wing of the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will be packed with programming space, and the ground floor will house a 2,000-square-foot art gallery, adjacent to a café. The Art Gallery will serve a plethora of University and external community uses, including University art exhibits and traveling community art exhibits, as well as concurrent uses for University admissions and advancement gatherings and small-group meetings.
A popular destination for students, faculty, staff and visitors to the Felician Heritage Center and Art Gallery will be the café and gardens. A 1,300-square-foot café on the ground floor of the south wing of the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center, and adjacent to the west wing of the cloister represented by the 3,250-square-foot outdoor gardens, presents an inviting call to all who visit the Madonna campus.
The University has always recognized the importance of maintaining its unique history, but recently converted its former Founders Room, located in the University Center, into a dance studio to make room for new and emerging programs. The Founders room will display artifacts and history of the University’s growth and unyielding commitment to its founding mission and guiding Franciscan values. The Founders Room will host board committee meetings, the University Cabinet, donors and prospective students, and will be packed with technology to accommodate multi-media presentations and video conferencing with constituents from across the country.
The lowest floor of the south wing of the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will house both the Felician archives and a 1,000-square-foot area for the University’s archives. The lower level will be equipped with special environmental controls suitable for the optimal storage and maintenance of historical papers and artifacts, protecting the University’s history for future generations.
The 4,150-square-feet of the top floor of the south wing of the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will house Madonna’s admissions and advancement departments. The location of these two externally-focused University functions in the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will place them with ready and easy access to Madonna’s external constituents. The admissions team will have access to the multi-use hosting space for prospective students and their families. The advancement team will make frequent use of the café and the multiple hosting venues of the Center to enrich relationships with donors, alumni groups and community volunteers and patrons — all with a view toward the Felician Heritage Center and its guiding influence.