City, University Pave Way for Interdisciplinary Science Building in Webster Groves

| March 25, 2015

Webster University and the City of Webster Groves reached an agreement this month on the City’s construction and Webster University’s cost of a left turn lane for southbound Edgar Road at Garden Avenue. The left turn lane is a City of Webster Groves condition in order for the University to expand its parking garage and a necessary step to breaking ground for a new Interdisciplinary Science Building. Work on a new electrical substation to support the new building already has started.

The left turn lane represents an important step forward for the institution and for the City and will cost the University approximately $386,000. The agreement and partnership will enable both parties to share expertise and maximize resources.

Webster University’s new strategic plan, “Global Impact for the Next Century,” calls for providing excellence in infrastructure and building greater strength in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine-based) courses. The new Interdisciplinary Science Building, which will support these programs, is a vital element of Webster University’s 2012 Campus Master Plan.

“Our commitment to global excellence starts right here on our home campus,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “By partnering with the City of Webster Groves on this project, which will benefit both of us, we have taken an important step on our journey to providing the highest quality STEMM programs and courses possible. This not only benefits our region, but it will also strengthen our commitment to STEMM across the entire Webster University global network.”

If there are no unexpected delays, Webster University could break ground as early as the end of this year on the new building.

“As we prepare students for STEMM careers, it is critical that we have state of the art facilities,” said Julian Schuster, the provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Webster University. “Biological Sciences is one of Webster’s most popular majors and likely will continue to grow as employers demand more professionals with a science background.”

Working with the City of Webster Groves, the University will engage with an engineering company to finalize the design and prepare bid documents for the left turn lane construction.

This announcement appears in the news room at webster.edu.

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