For many students, it’s the stuff of legend; a place at Stritch often discussed and perhaps even gossiped about, but rarely if ever seen. It is referred to simply as “the tunnel,” but for the members of Office of Physical Plant at Stritch, it is about function, not fable.
This 1,500-foot access passage begins in the old section of Bonaventure Hall, extends west under Schroeder Auditorium, then spans under the parking lot to the basement of Assisi Hall, and finally ends at the powerhouse on the northwest end of campus (view the tunnel on a campus map). Constructed along with the first wave of buildings in 1961, the tunnel provides water and heat from the powerhouse to the other side of the campus.
Let Jack Glynn, Senior Director of Facilities, be your guide in this rare tour of the Stritch tunnel.