University of Notre Dame Renovation and Expansion of the Morris Inn

Notre Dame, Indiana

The Morris Inn at the University of Notre Dame has been a campus hub and gathering place for alumni, faculty, students, and administrators for over 60 years. A LEED Gold certified renovation and 54,000 square foot expansion of the original facility included the addition of 60 guest rooms and a new 300-seat capacity ballroom.

Auger cast piles extend approximately 40 feet below grade, supporting the foundation. The superstructure consists of a new four-story building with precast plank guest rooms, while long-span steel joists support a new metal deck for the ballroom structure. By selectively demolishing the existing hotel, the team was able to reuse portions of the existing concrete structure, saving money and making the expansion more efficient. Further savings were earned in the construction of the new hotel’s roof. Rather than incorporating an additional level of flat, pre-cast roof deck with cold-form, stick-built roof gables, the roof is constructed of cold-form walls with gable roof elements.

Size: 150,200 square feet
Stories: 4
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Developer: University of Notre Dame