Renovation begins on John & Herta Cuneo Center

Dear Health Sciences Campus Community:

We are excited to announce the launch of the renovation of the John and Herta Cuneo Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Health Sciences Campus, beginning Monday, June 14.   

Thank you to the students, staff, and faculty who engaged in the planning process and provided input into how we could best share space. This initiative will provide more flexible spaces for student and faculty use, increased natural light, and enhanced security.   

Originally paused due to the pandemic, we are now moving forward with the first remodeling phase: the fourth floor of the Cuneo Center, to form the academic home for the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health. This phase will include a space for student collaboration and the first home for the School’s Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurism. Additionally, plans include expanding labs for the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program (in the building’s lower level) and co-locating program departments in the Center for Translational Research & Education (CTRE).    

Our overall goal is to better connect our campuses and school community for even greater educational and scholarship impact.  In other words, this is the first step in modeling the way to creating interactive, collaborative spaces required to address urgent, complex health issues, through cross-sectoral and inter-disciplinary approaches.   

What you need to know: 

  • Work will occur on all floors of the building in stages between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
  • Construction teams will do their best to minimize noise, though expect to hear it
  • For the fourth floor specifically:
    • Use the north entrance (adjacent to the elevators) to enter/exit the administrative suite
    • All fourth floor restrooms will be offline for the duration of the project. Instead, please use restrooms on the third floor
    • Access to the School of Nursing via the fourth floor will be blocked  
    • Temporary drywall partitions will be constructed, enclosing the atrium to prevent dust from traveling throughout the building 
  • The renovation includes installing security turnstiles (in the late August/September timeframe)
  • The entrance to the building’s cafeteria will be moved to the hallway so that individuals do not need to enter the building to access the cafeteria

We thank you, in advance, for your patience during this project. Together, we look forward to this next evolution of the Parkinson School and our Health Sciences Campus. We will provide major updates along the way.

Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH
Founding Dean and Professor
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 

Sam J. Marzo, MD
Dean and Professor
Chief Diversity Officer
Stritch School of Medicine