McKenna Hall, home of the Notre Dame Conference Center, was built in 1966 as a conference center designed to facilitate conversation and discussion within its auditorium, open spaces, dining room, and seminar rooms. Through generous benefaction, McKenna Hall will undergo a two-year reconstruction beginning in the fall of 2019 that will create state-of-the-art accommodations for the Notre Dame Conference Center's capacity to host conferences and special events as well as add new space for the Enrollment Division to welcome prospective students and visitors.
Projected to open in the fall of 2021, the expanded McKenna Hall will serve as a hub for teaching, learning and fellowship for the campus community and visitors at the current location, which is easily accessible for the campus community, prospective students and visitors. Notre Dame's highly regarded Institute for Latino Studies, presently located in McKenna Hall, will move to a more suitable location on campus.
While McKenna Hall is under construction, those who plan conferences and special events should continue to work with the Office of Event Management, VenueND, to utilize numerous other spaces across campus.