More than 800 people broke ground on May 22, 2008 at the site of Eckstein Hall, the future home of the Marquette University Law School. Eckstein Hall will be built just east of the Haggerty Art Museum and just south of Gesu Parish Center and O'Hara Hall, at the southeast corner of the Marquette University campus. It will be several hundred yards south of the Law School's current home on the corner of N. 11th Street and W. Wisconsin Avenue. The new location will provide the same ease of access to Milwaukee's legal and business community the Law School has enjoyed for nearly 100 years.
Eckstein Hall will be a signature building on a prominent site. The magnificent glass facade will be visible to the thousands who pass daily through the Marquette Interchange. The 200,000 square foot building will include two courtrooms, classrooms, faculty office suites, library space with a two story reading room, a conference center and a cafe. Eckstein Hall's dominant interior feature will be the Zilber Forum, a spacious gathering and meeting space which will be the heart of the building. Below the building will be a two-level, 170-space parking garage. The new Law School is expected to open in fall 2010.
The concept, planning, design, and construction of Eckstein Hall is truly a collaborative effort involving the ideas, enthusiasm, and energy of Law School alumni, faculty, students, staff, University colleagues, and the many friends and benefactors of the Law School. Partnering with professionals in architecture and building, Marquette University Law School aims to have the best law school building in the country.
Eckstein Hall is being designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott and constructed by Opus North Corporation.