Lewis University leases space from Diocese of Joliet

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Lewis University leases space from Diocese of Joliet

Published: August 23, 2011.

The construction of the new state-of-the art Science Center at Lewis University in Romeoville has prompted Lewis University to lease space from the Diocese of Joliet at the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center for at least a two-year period. “This lease agreement eases our ability to maintain our construction schedule and simultaneously serve the educational needs of our students without disrupting their studies. We are deeply appreciative to the Diocese of Joliet and its leadership for allowing Lewis to use this property during this rapid expansion of the University,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University.

“St. Charles Pastoral Center is a convenient location for students, faculty and staff, who will have access to that site from our main campus through a walking path. There is also plenty of parking available,” commented Wayne Draudt, Executive Vice President of Lewis University.

The leased space—located at 402 S. Independence Blvd. in Romeoville—is approximately 10,100 square feet of space. There will be three classrooms and numerous faculty offices for Psychology, which will be utilized as the construction continues for the Science addition and the renovation of the existing Science Building. The $20 million Science Center and expansion is one of the largest capital projects in the history of Lewis University. The project includes a 53,000 square foot addition, the renovation of the current 28,000 square foot Science Building, and the addition of an elevator tower to the nearby Brother Paul French, FSC Learning Resource Center.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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