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Marquette’s new Eckstein Hall a model of ‘clean construction’

A photo captured by a webcam shows the progress of Marquette University's new Eckstein Hall in Milwaukee. (Webcam shot courtesy of Marquette University)

A photo captured Tuesday by a webcam shows the progress of Marquette University's new Eckstein Hall in Milwaukee. The building will house Marquette's Law School. (Webcam photo courtesy of Marquette University)

By Keith Barber

Wow! How did these guys do it? It’s got to be the cleanest construction site in town.

The new $80 million Eckstein Hall – Marquette University Law School is nearing completion. I’ve watched the progress since construction began last fall. I’ve seen many construction sites over the years, and this one has shown very little, to no waste, no clutter, and a great Dumpster management plan.

It appears to be an overall clean workplace, right down to the final landscape assignments. In addition, I never saw workers falling over themselves while performing their specific trades.

The overall management of the project has been a model for success. And the building itself is sure to garner landmark status.

Kudos to the project’s general contractor, Opus North Corp.

Designed by architect Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, Mass., the new 200,000-square-foot building is a replacement for the nearly 100-year old Marquette Law School, now housed at Sensenbrenner Hall. It contains faculty office suites, classrooms, two courtrooms, a two-story reading room and library, and the Zilber Forum, a gathering and meeting space.

The building also includes a two-level underground parking garage with 170 spaces. It is situated on the northwest corner of North 11th Street and West Tory Hill.

As prominently seen from I-94, the building flows nicely with the Haggerty Art Museum to the west. The structure is scheduled to open to the public on July 26 with the first classes beginning this fall.


An alumni couple — Raymond and Kay Eckstein of Cassville, Wis., and Boca Raton, Fla. — has donated $51 million for the facility. The Ecksteins graduated from Marquette in 1949 and had a granddaughter graduate from Marquette Law School. Other major donors include The Bradley Foundation and the late Joseph Zilber.

Established in 1908, The Marquette University Law School today has 45 full-time professors and about 750 students. The school is ranked in the third tier among American law schools by U.S. News and World Report.

It is one of two law schools in the state of Wisconsin. Marquette University Law School publishes four law journals: Marquette Law Review, Marquette Sports Law Review, Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review and the Marquette Elder’s Advisor.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 225-1821.

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