With the restoration of Dahlgren Chapel’s foundation almost completed, administrators began interviewing candidates to redesign the building’s interior Monday.
A selection committee composed of administrators from the Office of Campus Mission and Ministry, the Office of Planning and Project Management and the Office of Advancement will choose an architect to orchestrate the indoor renovations, according to Assistant Vice President of University Facilities Regina Bleck. The university hopes to install improved lighting, new seating and a custom-built organ by the end of next summer.
Meanwhile, the exterior renovation of the chapel remains on schedule, according to Vice President for Mission and Ministry Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. (CAS ’88).
“They have completed the restoration of the foundation, and now they are waterproofing the base of the chapel to prevent future disruption of the ground,” he said.
Landscaping around the chapel will begin in the spring.
In addition, the chapel’s stained-glass windows, which were removed for cleaning at the end of November last year, will be reinstalled early next month, according to O’Brien.
He added that the university aims to raise another $2.5 million to complete the work on the chapel, which will supplement the $6.2 million lead gift given by L. Francis Rooney (CAS ’75, LAW ’78) and Kathleen Rooney (SFS ’77).
“We continue to fundraise for the project, but we have been very pleased with the response from our alums,” said O’Brien. “Dahlgren is the spiritual heart of the campus. And whether a donor is Catholic or not, they recognize the symbolic importance of the chapel. Because it says Georgetown has a soul. It’s more than just bricks and mortar.”