E-News for Parents: St. Edward’s University

December 2009

Headlines from the Hilltop

Doyle Hall Opens Its Doors

After a 10-month renovation project, 49-year-old Doyle Hall stands ready to meet its future. Continuing the university’s sustainability practice of recycling older buildings, the former residence hall now houses 50 faculty offices, the Office of Human Resources and cutting-edge Psychology labs, along with a café and coffee bar.

Renovated Doyle Hall

The building underwent both interior and exterior renovations, including an 8,500+ square-foot two-story addition that features three new classrooms and serves as home to the School of Behavioral Sciences. Outside, a centuries-old live oak and hardy native plants enliven a courtyard connecting Doyle with its neighbor, Premont Hall. Shaded seating areas and a wireless zone invite students and faculty to gather and study.

Psyched about Doyle’s New Labs

Doyle Hall's new psychology labs, which replace existing labs in Holy Cross Hall, include these features:

  • Biofeedback lab for physiological experiments
  • Two viewing rooms and observation rooms divided
    by one-way glass
  • Student and faculty computer labs

“The biggest technological advancement is the ability to monitor individuals, dyads or groups without interfering in their interactions with one another,” says Russell Frohardt, associate professor of Psychology. “We are truly state of the art when it comes to this technology.”

Green by Design

The Doyle Hall renovation was designed by Specht Harpman, Austin and New York-based architects. They were able to incorporate green features throughout, such as energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling. Learn more about Doyle’s eco-friendly design with our interactive greenscape.

The Doyle Hall renovation is another example of how St. Edward’s is committed to creating new and improved spaces on campus that enhance living and learning experiences for all students.