Video and Photos: East Academic Building Dedication Continues

| March 29, 2012
Webster University East Academic Building grand opening

Wednesday, March 28, 2012: Webster University leaders cut the ribbon on the East Academic Building.

Yesterday was the formal dedication of Webster University’s East Academic Building – the first new classroom building on the University’s St. Louis campus since 1984. But the celebration continues into the weekend with a free and open-to-the-public Community Day Saturday, March 31, from noon to 2 p.m., in the new structure at 545 Garden Ave. in Webster Groves, Mo.

Saturday’s event will feature a barbecue lunch; a chance to take in the stunning balloon art created by Webster University alumnus Jason Hackenwerth; an international student art exhibit; sustainability tours; and, for youngsters, a caricature artist and the opportunity to meet Webster University’s mascot, the Gorlok.

Video: Sights and Sounds

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Opening Dedication and Reception: The History of U.S. College Campuses

Webster University East Academic Building grand opening

Architect Robert A. M. Stern discusses the building he designed at Webster University.

Wednesday, March 28, the building’s architect, Robert A. M. Stern, was on hand for the formal ribbon-cutting.

After opening remarks from Webster University President Beth Stroble and Provost and senior vice president Julian Schuster, Stern delivered a presentation about how the structure fits into Webster University, and how Webster’s campus fits in the context of other U.S. college campuses.

The tradition of college campuses in the United States is a distinctly American conception, one Stern has written about as an architect and architectural historian.

In his entertaining address, Stern explained how Webster is what he calls a “Garden Campus,” which fit more casually and naturally into the surrounding landscape and town — as opposed to “Embedded Campuses,” which are intertwined with the center of town by design, and “Citadel Campuses,” which are above or removed from their surroundings.

Stern reviewed the history of construction and evolution at Webster, which was founded on Lockwood Avenue in 1915 but now encompasses both sides of Big Bend. Stern discussed the challenges and opportunities that designing the East Academic Building created as the structure leads to a second quadrangle as a focal point of campus.

Webster University East Academic Building grand opening

Before the public ceremonies, Stern conversed over lunch with leaders and VIPs, including former South Korea ambassador Ho-Jin Lee, Webster life trusteee George Herbert Walker, President Stroble and Provost Schuster.

On that note, in their remarks both Stroble and Schuster spoke of how this new structure represents an exciting bridge from Webster’s past to its future.

As Webster moves toward its centennial in 2015 with growing momentum, the current master plan process creates an opportunity for future structures to build off this new campus landmark in an integrated planning and design approach that meets the University’s academic and community needs.

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About the East Academic Building

The $29 million, 94,323-square-foot East Academic Building is home to the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology as well as other programs and services. With 31 classrooms, 10 large computer labs, 48 offices, and two large lobbies, the new building features the most up-to-date instruction design and technology.

The building also boasts numerous sustainability features. It was built to meet LEED silver certification, with two green roofs and an impermeable membrane vapor barrier “envelope” to produce estimated energy savings of $30,000 per year.

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