University of Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture

Project overview

The University of Notre Dame developed a public-private-partnership with the South Bend Heritage Foundation in South Bend, Indiana to purchase and renovate the historic former Hansel Center built in 1925. Originally constructed as a children’s medical dispensary, Notre Dame recognized the building’s historical significance and the importance of reviving it for the community.

Vanir provided construction management services for the restored and renamed Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, which provides spaces for after-school programs, community-based meetings, an art gallery and a print studio. Extensive improvements included site upgrades, roofing, masonry repair, accommodations for accessibility, replacement of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems and new and repaired interior finishes and landscaping.

Close collaboration and trust between all team members resulted in the project being completed on time and below the original budget.

The value Vanir brought to the project has been the difference in the success of this important project for Notre Dame and the City of South Bend.

– Victor Saavedra, Project Manager, University Architect’s Office, University of Notre Dame


2012 Excellence in Construction Award for Rehabilitation: University of Notre Dame/Educational Category

South Bend, Indiana
University of Notre Dame University Architect’s Office

Kil Architecture and Planning


Gibson-Lewis, LLC

Square Footage
14,100 SF
Construction Cost
$2 Million
Completion Date