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Lumen Vitae University CenterBismarck, North Dakota

Lumen Vitae University Center

Bismarck, North Dakota


The new Lumen Vitae University Center at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota will be the 24/7 epicenter for activities for students, faculty, and the community alike. Considered the “beacon” of campus, the Lumen Vitae Center will infill the space between two existing facilities with tall, lit glass walls that will provide a central circulation core to connect the North and South sides of U Mary.

This link will also provide a new and enhanced entrance point for gathering during events, a main street of activity and intersection for student life to occur and flourish and an opportunity for chance encounters. One of the primary goals has been to provide an all-day dining experience, and so the dining center was relocated to the first level “Main Street” and distinct districts within the center were created to provide different experiences throughout the day.

The new campus center will also provide such amenities as a 600-seat Founders’ Hall banquet room that looks out onto the Missouri River Valley and features glass that tints and brightens with the sun, upper and lower campus living rooms – both scaled to be more intimate with softer materials, lower ceilings, and fireplaces – a hall of fame, retail and bookstore, student involvement center, bank, clinic, and potential future student success center.

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"This space will be bursting with a rich and vibrant lumen vitae, or ‘light of life,’ as our students on campus, and also the Bismarck-Mandan community, gather here for generations to come."
President Monsignor James Shea