A Campus Transformed

Here are some of the doors we’ve opened on campus in recent years—and others opening in the months to come. They’re all part of Innovating with a Mission, the Campaign for Santa Clara University.

Illustration by Adam Simpson

It’s no secret that we’re building something wonderful at Santa Clara. We have new homes for the arts and for law. We’re building a new complex for the sciences and engineering, to foster collaboration and discovery across disciplines. We’re building a first-rate training facility for our student athletes. And to open SCU’s doors to more students, we just opened a new residence hall at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

These structures are beautiful—and built to educate the leaders of tomorrow. They’re also grounded in a sense of community and tradition, and an understanding that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom.

What’s really important is what these places mean for people: the possibilities they create for our students, and the dedicated faculty who teach them and guide them in research that makes the world a better place.

When we open these new buildings, we’re also opening doors of opportunity—through which we educate the whole person and where we innovate for the world. And when we construct something that we want to last, we know the foundation is important, especially when it comes to values.

So take a look at what we’re building and the transformation taking place at Santa Clara. The students we’re educating are going to do incredible things, in no small part thanks to support from people like you. We’re creating vital new opportunities for Santa Clara students now and for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us.

Jim Lyons
Vice President for University Relations

SOBRATO CAMPUS FOR DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION A landmark complex to foster collaboration in the sciences, mathematics, technology, and engineering. Construction underway.

STEPHEN C. AND PATRICIA A. SCHOTT ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE CENTER A 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art training facility for student athletes of all stripes. Groundbreaking in 2019.

STEPHEN A. FINN RESIDENCE HALL Mini-suite style rooms for first- and second-year students. Opening Fall 2019.

HOWARD S. AND ALIDA S. CHARNEY HALL OF LAW A new home for the School of Law.

EDWARD M. DOWD ART & ART HISTORY BUILDING A place to make art, study its history, and design experiences through virtual-reality technology.

HEAFEY AND BERGIN HALLS—REMODEL For STEM, 20-plus classroom/laboratory spaces and a large two-story collaborative space.

ROBERT F. BENSON MEMORIAL CENTER—REMODEL Major rejuvenation of the central dining hub for students—plus a glassed-in atrium.

FRANKLIN STREET PEDESTRIAN MALL Connecting the arts community and the Jesuit Residence to campus with an inviting paved walkway.

OUTDOOR VOLLEYBALL COURTS A place for the women’s beach volleyball team to practice and play—and open to everyone.

OUTDOOR WORKOUT AREA Space for training and exercise—perfect for the California sunshine.

These aren’t new—but we wouldn’t be Santa Clara without them!

MISSION SANTA CLARA The spiritual heart of Santa Clara. In 2019 the interior is receiving a historically-accurate restoration.

BANNAN ALUMNI HOUSE A new name for the home for all Broncos. Dedicated in honor of Fr. Lou Bannan and the entire Bannan family in March 2019.

THE BRONCO STATUE Made possible by Bronco alumni—a symbol of pride in academic and athletic excellence.

FOUNTAIN AND ABBY SOBRATO MALL At the gateway to the pedestrian-friendly center of campus. Even as SCU has grown, the campus has become more united.

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