NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– Westminster College administrators will gather the campus community and its supporters at the Hoyt Science Center on Friday afternoon for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $11.2 expansion on the building.
The College will celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new addition on the south side of the structure at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. The event will include members of the Westminster Marching Band.
The 27,000-square-foot addition to the central campus hub for scientific learning and research is phase three of the $20 million Hoyt Renovation and Expansion Project, which was begun in 2016 to address the needs of Westminster’s dedicated faculty and the growing number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
College officials have invited students, faculty, and staff to visit the Majoras Lobby in Hoyt this week between 10:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m. to sign the official groundbreaking shovels.
Hoyt’s new three-story wing—which is expected to be completed in spring 2021—will provide six new teaching laboratories, three research laboratories, 10 faculty offices, a student collaboration space and restrooms. The Center for the Environment will also be housed in the new wing.
Phases one and two of the project included the construction of Westminster’s new nursing and neuroscience facilities and the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall. The existing Hoyt structure was originally built in 1974 with an addition built in the 1980s. Phase four will address spaces needed for future expanded academic programming, as well as unrenovated areas from the project’s first two stages.
Westminster has received lead funding for the project: $4.5 million in committed funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as more than 50 five-, six- and seven-figure donors, according to the Office of Institutional Advancement.