With the start of another academic year upon us, summer is officially over. So, too, is the three-phase renovation that the law school recently completed.
Over the past three summers, Creighton University School of Law underwent extensive improvements, with an overhaul of its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and the installation of new lighting, ceilings, carpeting and windows. The work took place during the summers of 2015-2017 in order for the law school to remain fully functional while the academic year was in session.
“Initially we were interested in a rolling remodel, but it turned into a three-phase project that happened just in the summer months,” said Chris Bilau, partner at Project Advocates. Project Advocates is a consultant that works on a number of building enhancement projects with Facilities Management at Creighton University. “It could be a challenge just to have the summers, but we made it work—often with 40-50 people on site during the work,” he added.
During the summer of 2015, Phase I, improvements were made to HVAC and lighting on the first floor. The summer of 2016, Phase II, was more of a challenge, as all the faculty and staff from the second floor outside the library, which included the Werner Institute and Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic, moved out of their offices while work there, and on the Schneider Commons and faculty lounge, took place. The legal clinic was also renovated in the summer of 2016, but it was a separate renovation project. The second floor of the Klutznick Law Library/McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Legal Research Center, underwent work in Phase III, during the summer of 2017.
“Last summer, most of the law school’s summer classes took place in the Harper Center,” said Dave Madsen, director of finance at the law school. “My involvement in these various phases has been keeping faculty and staff informed—particularly when they’ve had to temporarily move offices—and to make sure people know what’s going on and what kind of noise to expect,” he said.
These recent improvements at the law school should have a lifespan of about 20 years. The last time the law school underwent an extensive renovation was in 1998, when the law library expanded.