When planning the Olin Engineering Center, Marquette University faced several obstacles: a lack of space next to Haggerty Hall, a recently completed mall area to the east of Haggerty Hall, and the presence of many underground utility lines at the site finally selected. The solution was to build a structure over the mall creating a covered walkway area connecting the north and south areas of campus. The structure is held up by ten columns that were auger-cast to prevent the cost of moving existing utility lines. The building appears to float above the mall and bridges connect it to other engineering activities in Haggerty Hall.
Named for the Olin Foundation, which made a generous gift to Marquette University enabling the construction of the new engineering building. Founded by Franklin W. Olin, a chemical manufacturer in Alton, Illinois, the Olin Foundation's purpose was to fund innovation in higher education. The Foundation closed in 2005 after a five year phaseout plan.
Scanned as grayscale in reflective mode with Epson Expression 10000XL at 300 DPI. Display image is jpeg generated from archival tiff file.
This image is issued by Marquette University. Use of the image requires written permission from the staff of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. It may not be sold or redistributed, copied or distributed as a photograph, electronic file, or any other media. The image should not be significantly altered through conventional or electronic means. Images altered beyond standard cropping and resizing require further negotiation with a staff member. The user is responsible for all issues of copyright. Please credit: Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries.