St. Norbert College to Begin Construction of Donald & Patricia Schneider Family Hall

Posted on 5-16-2024

The most visible corner of the St. Norbert College campus, along the banks of the Fox River, will soon be the location of the Donald and Patricia Schneider Family Hall, thanks to a lead gift from the Schneider family.  The new building will be the home of the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics, and it will be constructed on the site previously occupied by the Pennings Activity Center, the former Pennings High School. Work will begin on the project this month and the new Schneider Family Hall will be completed in time for fall classes in 2025.

“Donald & Patricia Family Hall, a beacon of progress, will undoubtedly transform the landscape for advancing generations of business leaders and the regional and national economy,” said Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., president of St. Norbert College. “It will fortify St. Norbert College’s pivotal role in the Wisconsin business community, igniting a multitude of new opportunities for those who live, learn and work here.”

Donald & Patricia Schneider Family Hall, a testament to innovation, will be a signature showcase building located at the western end of the Claude Allouez Bridge, a bustling point that witnesses the passage of thousands of vehicles and pedestrians daily. The 45,000-square-foot, multi-use facility will house state-of-the-art classrooms and workspaces, designed to foster contemporary learning. It will also provide space for executive education and conferencing opportunities, and a connected terrace for gatherings along the Fox River. This dynamic space will be the hub for the college’s undergraduate and graduate business and economics programs, including data analytics and a new sports management program launched last fall.

“We are honored and humbled by the Schneider family’s generosity to St. Norbert College and continue to be grateful for their deep commitment to advancing our students, our college and so many others,” added Joyner.

“This jewel of a building, visible, welcoming and right on the spot on the river where the De Pere Norbertines first established themselves,” marks an important and exciting moment in the 125-year history of St. Norbert College,” said Kevin Quinn, dean of the Schneider School of Business and Economics and professor of economics at St. Norbert College. “We can’t wait to share it with the community.”

Miron Construction is the general contractor; Workshop Architects of Milwaukee designed the building.

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