Villanova continues to be a University on the move with its dramatic transformation of campus. The latest addition to open—The Commons—welcomed its first students in August. The much-anticipated enhancements to Mendel Field have been completed.
The Performing Arts Center is standing tall with its new stone façade and will be ready to open in spring 2020.
The first-ever residents of The Commons, the new housing complex along Lancaster Avenue, moved in this August. The six new buildings provide a variety of living options, including apartments, suites and single rooms, for a total of 1,135 beds. Student-centered amenities include two fitness centers, collaborative workspaces and outdoor courtyards.
A full-service restaurant and grill is now open at the corner of Lancaster and Ithan avenues. The Refectory, a partnership between Villanova University and Zavino Hospitality Group, provides a gathering space for students, faculty and staff, alumni, visitors and neighbors. The restaurant serves updated American classics in a sophisticated, family-friendly atmosphere. Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar, a café serving grab-and-go options adjacent to the restaurant, is also open.
Scheduled to open in spring 2020, the Performing Arts Center will unite the University’s artistic community under one roof, enriching Villanova’s campus and enhancing opportunities across disciplines. It will serve as home to the Villanova Theatre program, as well as other music, performance and dance activities. The Center also will provide a destination where students, faculty, parents, alumni and members of the local community can share their passion for the arts.
The new center will feature state-of-the-art performance spaces, including a 400-seat proscenium-style theater and a Courtyard Theater, classrooms to support education and artistic innovation, a dance studio and costume and scenery shops.
Connecting the University’s main campus and the residence hall communities at The Commons and on South Campus, the new pedestrian bridge spanning Lancaster Avenue opened in spring 2018. The elevated walkway extends from the Villanova Station on SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line to the newly expanded plaza in front of St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
The Finneran Pavilion reopened in fall 2018 after a massive, $65 million renovation, kick-started by a $22.6 million leadership gift from William B. Finneran ’63 VSB. Everything inside is new, from the state-of-the-art scoreboards overhead to the seats along the sidelines. The facility earned rave reviews throughout its inaugural season for its revamped gathering and concessions spaces, enhanced audiovisual technology and new displays honoring the rich history of the Villanova Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs.
In time for the fall 2019 semester, Mendel Field has reopened after two years of enhancements. New patios have been built in front of Old Falvey, John Barry Hall and St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery, and new brick-paved walkways with bluestone borders wrap around the reshaped field. The work on Mendel Field was the latest phase of an ambitious project launched in 2011 to create a vehicle-free, pedestrian-friendly campus core.
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May 2019: Learn about the work that was done and how The Commons will transform campus.
May 2019: Hear descriptions of key spaces you'll see in Villanova's new Performing Arts Center.
October 2018: See the final transformation of the Finneran Pavilion.
August 2017: See timelapse footage of the pedestrian bridge raising over Lancaster Avenue.