Georgetown’s Newest Residence Hall Named for Society of Jesus Leader

August 11, 2016 – The new 225-bed, suite-style residence opening this fall semester for students on the northeast side of campus will be named Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Hall, Georgetown announced July 27.

“Pedro Arrupe, S.J. is known as the second founder of the Jesuits,” says Stephanie Lynch, assistant dean for residential living. “His approach in role modeling social justice, connecting to the world, and educating people to be in the service of others resonates today. It is my hope naming a building after Pedro Arrupe, S.J., serves as a both a reminder and beacon to all of us on the Hilltop about the best of what we can do to positively impact our community locally and globally.”

Arrupe, who passed away in 1991, was the 28th general of the Society of Jesus.

Plans for the new residence hall, formerly known as the Northeast Triangle during construction, arose out of the university’s inclusive master planning process.

A Perfect Fit

“In light of the mission of the Society of Jesus and Father Arrupe's deep commitment to education and the formation of young women and men in service to others, I can think of no better name for our newest addition to campus life,” notes Connor Maytnier (C’17) of Barrington, Illinois. “When speaking about the Society of Jesus and its mission, Father Arrupe once said, ‘Our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others.’ For me, this quote says it all.”

Patrick Musgrave (C’16) of Chesterton, Indiana, says he proposed the residence name under the guidance of Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., the university’s former vice president for mission and ministry, and Musgrave’s roommate, John Whitmore (NHS’16).

The name was later approved by the Georgetown's president and board of directors.

“I proposed Arrupe Hall because I believed the man was a perfect fit to be permanently honored by Georgetown,” explains Musgrave, who now works in the compliance department of Barclays in New York City. “His commitment to feeding the hungry, tending to the sick and advancing a love and knowledge of Jesus is something to which all Georgetown students should aspire.”

Enhanced Living and Learning

Construction of the eight-story building, designed to enhance the university’s living-learning communities, began in 2014.

Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Hall will be home to the Global Living Community as well as the French Living and Learning Community. The residence will feature a chaplain-in-residence and a faculty-in-residence to help support and incorporate the university’s mission.

The project also allowed for the creation of a greener and more accessible walkway from Red Square to the Leavey Center, supporting the university’s master planning goal of creating a more pedestrian-friendly campus experience.

Green Building

The LEED-certified building includes indoor bike storage, a green roof and water collection.

Also featured in the residence are a fireplace lounge, other lounges, study rooms, a multipurpose room, gathering spaces for the campus community and an outdoor patio with power and grills. The residence features views of the campus, the Washington Monument and the National Cathedral.

Sasaki Associates, the architects for the residence hall, worked closely with students and alumni through a series of open forums and small group meetings to design a building that is expected to serve students and the campus community for many years to come.