Named after Lawrence F. Black, a late trustee who obtained the materials, it was built by the National Guard as a training exercise in the summer of 1973. It was dedicated on August 10, 1973 during Manford A. Shaw's presidency (1968–1976).
Also, the Oren T. Nelson Boiler Plant donated by trustee and long time friend of Westminster, Oren Nelson, to replace the old heating plant. It was dedicated April 15, 1988. At the northeast corner of the Black Bridge, it included a small recess built into the west wall at the request of Campus Scheduling Director Claudia Marques for campus cats to get out of bad weather. Over the years, this campus cat rescuer has treated and found homes for more than 30 cats.