Creighton Dedicates High-Tech Residence Hall
Creighton University will officially dedicate Opus Hall, its newest junior/senior townhome residence hall on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. The hall, designed and built by The Opus Group, houses 286 students and features fully-furnished apartments with complete kitchens.
The state-of-the-art complex, built and engineered with students in mind, is technologically rich with voice-over IP telephones, wireless Internet, cable television, automated digital laundry facilities and features many lounges and gathering spaces to enhance the learning environment. Opus Architects & Engineers designed the space to offer more sophisticated living options to junior and seniors in an effort to keep upperclassmen on campus, contributing to the richness of the campus and the cohesiveness of the student body. Special elements include a community room seating more than 80 with multi-media capabilities and an inner courtyard with picnic tables and grills for outdoor recreation. The structure, containing 100 two-, three- and four-bedroom units, cost $20 million and was made possible by a generous donation from Opus.
“We are grateful to alums Mark Rauenhorst and Karen Dolan Rauenhorst, and The Opus Group for helping us make this residence hall an extension of our East Campus learning environment. Opus Hall gives juniors and seniors the convenience of on-campus housing while maintaining the independence of apartment-like living. With upperclassmen wanting to spend their last formative years on campus, younger students benefit from their presence and leadership,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J., president of Creighton University.
Rauenhorst, president and CEO of The Opus Group, and his wife Karen, both received their undergraduate degrees from Creighton.
The Opus Group is no stranger to the Omaha area, greatly contributing to the “Return to the River” project by providing corporate campuses to ConAgra Foods, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. In addition to the work at Creighton, Opus also has been instrumental in developing and redeveloping college campuses across the country including the University of St Thomas, Marquette University, Xavier University, the College of St. Mary’s and the College of St. Catherine.
“We know that colleges are competing on every level to recruit the best and brightest students to their schools and inviting living halls are one additional avenue that potential students consider when picking the higher educational institution they will attend,” said Mark Rauenhorst. “Opus Hall was designed to help the university attract new students and create an incentive for upperclassmen to stay on campus.”
Expected to be on hand for the dedication ceremony are: Mark Rauenhorst, president and CEO, The Opus Group and a member of Creighton’s Board of Directors; his wife Karen: and from Creighton University, Father Schlegel; Lisa Calvert, vice president for University Relations; John Cernech, vice president for Student Services; and students currently living in Opus Hall.