The University of Notre Dame has announced a $25 million gift from Helen Schwab and her husband, Charles, in support of a new music building.
Made in honor of Helen Schwab's brother, Notre Dame alumnus ('67) and trustee Joseph I. O'Neill III, the gift will fund construction of O'Neill Hall, a six-story, 100,000-square-foot building that will house the Department of Music, the Sacred Music at Notre Dame program, and an 18,000-square-foot club. The hall also will feature spaces for concert rehearsals and performances, libraries for both the Department of Music and the Sacred Music program, a studio production lab, classrooms and seminar rooms, rehearsal and practice space, and faculty offices. The club on the third level will provide hospitality space on football weekends and during the week. Construction is scheduled to be completed in August.
O'Neill, managing partner of O'Neill Properties Ltd. in Midland, Texas, served on the Notre Dame Alumni Association's board of directors and the College of Engineering Advisory Council before being elected to the university's board of trustees. The Schwabs are significant donors to the university and, together with the O'Neills and Joe and Helen's father, Joseph I. O'Neill, Jr., underwrote construction of O'Neill Family Hall, a men's dormitory.
"We are deeply grateful to Helen and Charles for their many years of support and, in particular, for this remarkable gift and what it represents for the future of music and the arts at Notre Dame," said university president Fr. John I. Jenkins. "We are also truly thankful for the extraordinary leadership and support Joe O'Neill, his wife, Jan, and their entire family have provided to Notre Dame. They embody the Notre Dame spirit, and we look forward to dedicating this building named in their honor."