The Westminster College campus is situated on 27 acres in a residential area of Salt Lake City within the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains. Students residing in the coeducational residence halls or nearby local housing are just 10 minutes from downtown, 15 minutes from nearby canyons, and only 30 minutes from spectacular ski slopes. Many cultural events, including symphony, ballet, and opera; as well as professional sports, are available to students year-round.
The campus has nineteen major buildings, including a performing arts center; student union; gymnasium; and residence halls, three of which have been built since 1998. The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business building was completed in 1988 and expanded with a 32,000 square foot addition in Fall 2002. The flagship building of the campus, Converse Hall, was built in 1907 and renovated in 1989. It features classrooms and art studios, and houses a carillon. Foster Hall, renovated 1993–94, houses Arts and Sciences faculty and classrooms. Converse Hall and Foster Hall, together with the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, compose the Jewett Center for the Arts and Humanities. The student union—the Shaw Center—was remodeled in 2001. In addition, there is a science laboratory building, computer labs, a flight simulator lab, a print shop, a theater, and a nursing laboratory. Classes in wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery are held in the Eccles Ceramics Center. Stately old trees, flowering shrubs, a mountain stream, and a towering water fountain in the center of the campus plaza enhance the overall beauty of Westminster’s campus.
The Giovale Library, completed in 1997, is a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the art library and information services center. The collection presently includes 127,000 books and 310 current journal subscriptions (with over 100 of these available electronically). Local access to other formats, including videos, DVDs, maps, microforms, and music CDs is available. Additionally, students have full-text access to over 28,500 electronic journals and more than 54,000 electronic books via some 90 online electronic databases (most of which are available from off-campus via a proxy server). The Giovale Library has seating capacity for 290 people, group study areas, a multimedia classroom, media viewing areas, a computer lab, an information commons area where multiple students can work together, and individual study carrels, all with wireless internet access. The library staff is well-trained to assist students, staff and faculty in formal classes or on an individual basis in accessing various databases and locating materials and information. The library also includes the Writing Center and an Assistive Technology Lab. The Giovale Library is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium.
The dedication of the library marked the first in a series of master-planned campus improvements, which include a tiered parking structure on the northwest end of campus behind the Jewett Center as well as an apartment-style residence which were both opened for Fall Semester 1998. A second apartment-style residence was opened for Fall Semester 1999, and a third was opened for Fall Semester 2001. The 35,000-square-foot expansion to the Gore Business Building was completed in Fall 2002. In the administration building, Bamberger Hall, the Registrar’s, Financial Aid, and President’s Offices were renovated in Summer 2002. Future building projects include a Science building and additional parking.
The Bill and Vieve Gore Center for Business, Aviation, and Entrepreneurship is one of the most technologically advanced facilities for business education in the nation. Interactive classrooms facilitate discussion and case analysis; the Entrepreneurship Center provides opportunities for students to mentor and consult with early-stage companies; the Center for Financial Analysis enables students to bridge the theoretical and practical components of finance; the Behavioral Simulation and Team Learning Lab simulates group, teamwork, and interpersonal relationships; mentor-team rooms provide space for students working on company-specific projects; and, in the Aviation Simulation Center, students practice their flying, instrument, and procedural skills.
The Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory, completed in Fall of 2004, adjoins the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts and helps meet the growing needs of our students in the performing arts. Some of the highlights of the new conservatory include a new concert hall with seating for 285, a rehearsal facility, seven practice rooms, a black box student theatre and a larger foyer to allow for public receptions and art exhibits.
The Dolores Doré Eccles Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center was completed in February of 2006. This 84,500-square-foot, three-story building houses a fitness complex featuring a gymnasium, climbing wall, swimming pool, fitness and training center, and lockers and training space. The third floor of the new facility is home to the college’s growing Center for Nursing Education, which provides classrooms, offices, and a Skills Center that includes a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory to support experiential learning for students at all levels of nursing education.
The Meldrum Science Center, completed in Fall 2010, is a four-story, 60,000-square-foot facility featuring 14 high-tech classrooms with integrated laboratories and five dedicated research labs. The new building provides 10 times the current space for undergraduate research, an important aspect of our faculty’s inquiry-based curriculum and a significant factor in the success of our graduates. The building is designed to support active, hands-on learning, which prepares our students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. The building’s layout clusters faculty offices and student workspaces to promote interaction and cross-disciplinary learning.
A LEED® Gold certified building; the Meldrum Science Center is the college’s newest and most visible example to the community of sustainability in action. Among its many energy-saving features are the 20kW solar panel system on its roof, use of ambient light and recycled water, and locally sourced building materials.