Geddes Hall is one of the newest buildings on campus and was the first completed structure designed for compliance with official “green building” certification standards. Opened in 2009, this is the home of the Institute for Church Life, the Center for Social Concerns, and Notre Dame’s other prominent initiatives and programs serving the Church and embodying Catholic social tradition locally and globally.

The Center's ability to achieve its mission is facilitated immeasurably by the building in which the Center is housed, the working space which it provides, and the variety of equipment at its disposal.

The Center attempts to reflect a spirit of generosity and hospitality by sharing many of its material resources with its constituents, symbolic of the collaborative manner in which the Center aims to realize its mission. The coffee house and kitchen facilities in Geddes Hall are offered to local non-profit groups to prepare and serve fund-raising luncheons and dinners. The coffee house is also a place to relax, socialize, and discuss issues and programs.