New nursing center to be named after outgoing president Doug Hastad


Change has become the new normal at Carroll University.

Last week, the college announced more building improvements to its main Waukesha campus, 100 N. East Ave., and that the school intends to honor the legacy of its outgoing president, Doug Hastad, by naming the university's new nursing center after him and his wife, Nancy.

News of future improvements, announced Feb. 2, at the college is the latest in a long string of facilities upgrades planned for or already completed at the private liberal arts school, which has significantly changed the look of the campus.

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The new nursing center, the Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories building, which opened in September, and the just-announced renovations at Rankin Hall are part of what university officials call the largest comprehensive endowment campaign in the school's history.

Hastad Hall

Carroll's Board of Trustees recently voted to name the new nursing center – a three-floor, 36,000-square-foot structure that will replace the demolished Lowry Hall – after Hastad and his wife, who will be leaving the university at the end of the spring semester this year.

The building will be christened Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall, the college said.

The nursing center, which will be immediately north of the new science building, will house lab and classroom space that will serve the nursing, physics/engineering and exercise science programs as well as other academic classroom needs for students and faculty. The center will connect to the Jaharis Science Laboratories through the 12,000-square-foot Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering – also a new building.

The nursing center is designed with two floors above grade, a partially exposed lower level, a glass atrium, an entry plaza off the campus mall, or quad, and a screened rooftop enclosure that houses mechanical equipment.

The $20 million building will also include at least one particularly unique feature: a 1,200 square-foot rooftop terrace, or "green roof." It is expected to be complete by December and open to students in January 2018.

Doug Hastad said he and his wife were "humbled and honored by the naming of Hastad Hall."

"The creation of yet another state-of-the-art learning and research space ensures that students and faculty will achieve success for many years to come," he added.

More to come

But the changes won't stop there.

The university also announced a plan for $10 million in upgrades to Rankin Hall, which is just east of the new buildings.

According to a news release, the improvements, which are the most recent upgrades announced, will begin upon completion of Hastad Hall.

Rankin is a 111-year-old building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so major renovations and upgrades will be done only on the inside, the university said. Those upgrades include new operational systems (such as heating and cooling), classrooms and faculty offices as well as the addition of collaboration spaces for students.

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The St. Paul-based architectural firm BWBR has been hired to design both Hastad Hall and the Rankin improvements. Construction oversight for the two buildings is being provided by Gilbane Building Company.

Among the improvements made at Carroll in recent years are extensive renovations at two on-campus gymnasiums, Van Male and Ganfield, the creation of an off-campus environmental research center and the construction of a cluster of student dormitories west of the main campus along Grand Avenue between College Avenue and Williams Street.

The university said two challenge grants have been issued to help fund construction of the nursing and Bucyrus centers: a $1 million challenge grant offered by two Carroll trustees, Joseph Zvesper  and Timothy Sullivan, which will help cover project costs for the nursing center; and a $1 million challenge grant issued by the Bucyrus Foundation of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the funds from which will be designated for the construction of the Bucyrus Center.

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