The 68,000-square-foot building, scheduled to open in fall 2015, will be named after the Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, the late and highly regarded superior general of the Society of Jesus, the order of priests better known as the Jesuits, who operate Rockhurst.
“Father Arrupe called the society to the service of faith and the promotion of justice,” said the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, president of Rockhurst. “His call clearly resonates with the message from Pope Francis.”
The project is the latest phase of a $54 million master plan launched in 2010. The campaign began after the college received a $10 million gift, the largest in its history, from an anonymous donor. A $9 million, 423-space parking garage was completed at 51st Street and Troost in 2012.
The next phase calls for converting a 500-seat auditorium into a theater with production facilities to accommodate events on the 55-acre campus.