Westminster College Announces Gift from Great Salt Lake Minerals
Utah Business Magazine
26 June 2009
Westminster College announced that Great Salt Lake Minerals has made a gift to the new Meldrum Science Center. In recognition of the gift, the company will receive naming rights to the Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI) director’s office at the college. The office will be located in the new four-story, 60,000-sq.-ft. science facility that is scheduled for completion in spring 2010.
“We are pleased to support the institute and honored that Westminster has chosen to recognize Great Salt Lake Minerals' contribution,” said Corey Milne, site manager of Great Salt Lake Minerals.
The Meldrum Science Center is the capstone project in the college’s 10-year master plan. The new facility will enable the college to accommodate growing student enrollments, house high-tech equipment and expand critical space for undergraduate research. Furthermore, it will allow for the increasing numbers of science, pre-med, nursing and health care majors. Westminster’s graduates in these areas are highly sought after by health care, biomedical, and research employers throughout Utah and in other states. The Meldrum Science Center will also be the home of the college’s Great Salt Lake Institute, which engages in collaborative ventures with a variety of partners, facilitating interactions between institutions of education, industry, non-profit and government.
“We appreciate Great Salt Lake Minerals and their support for Westminster’s commitment to excellence in the sciences,” said President Michael S. Bassis. “By naming the office of the director of our Great Salt Lake Institute, they help further discovery of this unique and understudied resource.”
Designed by VCBO Architects and being constructed by Big-D Construction, the Meldrum Science Center will have 14 open and flexible classroom/laboratories and five dedicated undergraduate research laboratories. These state-of-the-art learning spaces will also house high-tech, analytical equipment that is normally reserved for graduate study. The $30 million facility science center is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Construction began in June 2008 for the facility, which is scheduled to open for classes for the fall 2010 semester
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