After months of construction, Loyola is excited to announce that Caruso Hall is expected to be finished and ready for use by February 2021. Although the exact date for when students will be allowed back on campus is still tentative, it is safe to say they will see a finished Caruso Hall when they do return. This news is exciting for everyone in the Loyola community. It is especially relevant to the teachers and students who have classrooms near the work site because they will no longer have to endure the sounds of construction during class.
The first event that will be held in Caruso Hall will be to recognize and thank the very important benefactors. Principal Frank Kozakowski said, “We need to allow the friends and benefactors who helped pay for the building to visit the building before we officially open. It is fitting and proper to recognize these wonderful people first.”
Regarding students being allowed into Caruso Hall, Kozakoski added, “Fr. Goethals has given us a green light to use the building for classrooms when we return. We are trying to avoid having teachers share classrooms. However, I do not know when we will return. The number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths need to be much lower in Los Angeles before schools will be allowed to open, but we continue to get ready.”
In order to match the same style and aesthetic as the other buildings on Loyola’s campus, especially its neighboring buildings at the entrance of the school, Loyola and Rupert Hall, Caruso Hall boasts the similar gothic architecture with a red brick exterior.
In addition to giving the front entrance of Loyola an updated and uniform appearance, Caruso Hall will offer state of the art technologies; campus will be able to accommodate hundreds of people; the school experience for students will be even better, particularly with the prospect of shorter lines for Z’licious. Caruso Hall will offer the following: hidden, retractable walls, allowing for multiple classes to occur simultaneously; a banquet kitchen, capable of serving 800 guests; a food service kitchen for students; a dedicated sacristy to service liturgies; state-of-the-art integrated communications and AV equipment; and ADA-compliant restrooms. These features of Caruso Hall give Loyola the ability to simultaneously run unrelated events at overlapping times. This ability is a big improvement from the previous Xavier Center, which required a complete set-up and tear-down switch in order to run one event after another.