University Names New Building Cardinal Farrell Hall
Iconic New Campus ‘Front Door’ to Honor Former Dallas Bishop Farrell
Date published: Oct. 6, 2016
The University of Dallas has announced a name for its $15 million student services
and administration building, which is expected to open by early 2018. The name — Cardinal
Farrell Hall — will honor Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, who was recently appointed prefect
of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life by Pope Francis and will be
elevated to cardinal in St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 19.
Farrell, an ardent supporter of the University of Dallas, has played a significant
role in the recent growth and revitalization of North Texas’ only Catholic university.
In addition to his official duties as seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Dallas, he also served as chancellor of the university until his departure for
the Vatican last month. He is expected to continue his relationship with the university
as one of its trustees.
“Each great campus features an iconic building that holds special significance to
all who pass through its gates,” said President Thomas W. Keefe. “Ours will be Cardinal
Farrell Hall — an enduring reminder of Bishop Farrell’s dedication to and inspiring
support of UD.”
Farrell, who was appointed bishop of Dallas by Pope Benedict XVI, successfully presided
over one of the nation’s fastest growing dioceses for nearly a decade. On Sept. 1
of this year, after being named the first prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity,
the Family and Life, he became the highest-ranking American working directly with
Pope Francis. In his new role Farrell is responsible for promoting the Christian life
of the laity, couples, families, young people and their mission in the church and
in civil society.
In August, the University of Dallas officially broke ground on Cardinal Farrell Hall.
The new student-focused building is the university’s most recent capital project and
is part of a greater institutional effort to transform the Irving campus.
Distinctive outdoor terraced common areas and towering glass entryways will make
the new campus “front door” a welcoming gathering spot and focal point for students,
faculty, alumni and guests alike. Once completed, Cardinal Farrell Hall’s three uniquely
designed classrooms will offer students enhanced educational experiences; first-floor
“storefronts” will create a “Main Street” of sorts that will provide easy, one-stop
access to financial aid, registration, student accounts and student employment services.
The three-story, 38,409-square-foot building is being constructed primarily of brick,
zinc panels and glass, and will complement the architectural style of the university’s
existing buildings and landscape, many of which were designed by the late “father
of Southwest architecture” O’Neil Ford. Twelve thousand square feet of patio and terrace
space and a two-story pergola running along the entire length of two sides of Cardinal
Farrell Hall will help integrate indoor and outdoor environments and will create an
abundance of natural light inside.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards will be
applied with the goal of achieving LEED Silver certification; LEED is a set of rating
systems of green buildings as outlined by the United States Green Building Council.
Design, construction, operation and maintenance will support the university’s commitment
to energy efficiency, water conservation and green architecture.
Cardinal Farrell Hall was designed by Perkins+Will, a national leader in higher education
architecture, who also designed the university’s SB Hall; the building is being constructed
by Hill & Wilkinson, a Texas building contractor based in Dallas.
More information on Cardinal Farrell Hall is available at udallas.edu/farrellhall.