Ground broken for new Donnelly College academic building

Ground was broken Thursday for a new academic and administrative building at Donnelly College, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Ground was broken Thursday for a new $30 million academic and administrative building at Donnelly College, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The new building is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020, according to Donnelly College officials.

The 72,000-square-foot academic and administrative building will replace the existing buildings on the Donnelly campus, including the former Providence Hospital building. The Providence building will remain until the new building is completed.

“Our vision at Donnelly College is to advance the common good, by being the most accessible and transformative Catholic college in the country,” said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, president of Donnelly College.

“It is to be a place where people, places and spirits are transformed, where lives are changed, where success begins, where the quest for truth, the pursuit for excellence and the building of community can take place in an environment of faith and hope,” he said.

“For 70 years, Donnelly has been an anchor in the heart of eastern Wyandotte, serving generations of students and operating as a catalyst for change in local economies, local communities and as Sister Jerome (Keeler, one of the founders of Donnelly) said, local families.”

He thanked the college’s founding Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, as well as donors to the current fundraising campaign.

Burns and McDonnell are the architects for the project.
This part of the Donnelly capital campaign is the third phase. Earlier phases included a new events center and the renovation of Marian Hall. A new parking garage is another part of the third phase.

Donnelly College is a four-year independent Catholic college sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. It is known as the most diverse college in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report.

More information about the Donnelly building campaign is at www.campaignfordonnelly.com.

Monsignor Stuart Swetland, Donnelly College president, addressed the crowd at today’s groundbreaking for a new academic and administration building. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Rachel Cruz, at the podium, chair of the Donnelly College board of directors, addressed the crowd at today’s groundbreaking. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Dr. John Romito, chair of the Transformations Campaign and a member of the Donnelly College board of directors, addressed the crowd at the groundbreaking event Thursday. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Sister Genevieve Robinson, left, a member of the Donnelly College board of directors and a member of the Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, offered an opening prayer at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday. At the right is Monsignor Stuart Swetland, president of Donnelly College. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Archbishop Joseph Naumann, also a member of the Donnelly College board of directors, addressed the gathering at the groundbreaking Thursday. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Archbishop Joseph Naumann offered a blessing at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at Donnelly College. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Ground was broken Thursday for a new academic and administrative building at Donnelly College, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Ground was broken Thursday for a new academic and administrative building at Donnelly College, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The audience listened to speeches at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at Donnelly College. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The audience listened to speeches at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at Donnelly College. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The audience listened to speeches at the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at Donnelly College. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
An architect’s rendering shows the proposed academic building at Donnelly College.

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