Santa Clara University

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Capital Projects

A New Home for Studio Art and Art History

Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building

The Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building

Thanks to a generous $12 million gift from distinguished alumnus Ed Dowd ’72, a transformative opportunity has emerged at Santa Clara University to amplify the role and impact of studio art and art history in higher education. Central to the next chapter of the University’s art and art history program is an inspiring new physical environment: The Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building.

The 45,422-square-foot new facility will provide a central home for an integrated fine arts program that has outgrown its current space on campus. It will enable the University to realize its potential to become a destination and a center for inspiration, innovation, and engagement in the arts and art history in Silicon Valley. And it will add new energy and momentum to the vibrant cluster of performing and creative arts facilities already found on the Mission Campus.

The Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building represents a pivotal opportunity to integrate, innovate, and reimagine how studio art and art history can further elevate Santa Clara’s tradition of educating the whole person. For these reasons, securing funding for the estimated $28 million construction cost of the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building is a key University priority. With groundbreaking scheduled for 2015, the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building will open in 2016.

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New Softball Stadium


Construction in Progress

Can a new sports facility significantly advance the mission of a world-class university? It can if it enhances opportunities for student-athletes, creates a new focal point for the entire campus family, and serves as a new gateway to the wider community. Santa Clara University's new women's softball stadium will do all of those things.

New Softball StadiumSanta Clara Softball competes at the NCAA Division I level in a sport dominated by West Coast teams. Santa Clara's inadequate softball facilities and off-campus competition site inhibit the University's ability to compete at a championship level and to provide an appropriate student-athlete experience for the next generation of softball champions. Without a new facility, Santa Clara University cannot provide its softball student-athletes the high-quality experience they expect and deserve. Also, good facilities are central to successful recruitment, and Santa Clara must compete with Pacific Coast Softball Conference rivals such as Loyola Marymount and San Diego to attract student-athletes with the highest potential.

A positive student-athlete experience is paramount at Santa Clara University. We want student-athletes and former student-athletes to cherish their time here representing the University. A new softball facility will provide a similar, exemplary athletic centerpiece for the program, allowing us to recruit a greater number of highly qualified athletes, resulting in the same impact on the development of women's softball at Santa Clara.


Ensuring a green future

Sustainability on our campus

Read about environmentally responsible features of our buildings.

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