New Construction Project to Connect Webster University Campus from North to South
Vickie Fredrick, acting Vice President for Finance and Administration at Webster University, recently announced the construction of a new courtyard amid the Loretto Hall, Maria Hall and Webster Hall buildings and a new patio on Big Bend Blvd. in front of the Maria Hall dining hall on Webster's home campus in Webster Groves, Mo.
"The end result will be our new North to South campus pathway," said Fredrick. "A primary goal of this project is to create a defined pathway between our North campus and the academic and living facilities on the South campus. This pathway will align with the existing pedestrian crosswalks across Big Bend and Edgar Roads. It also will be extended to our newly celebrated purchase of 5.5 acres and three buildings from Eden Theological Seminary on the north side of Lockwood Avenue, encouraging a much safer walking environment for our community. In addition, and even more important, this project will improve accessibility for the disabled to both Webster and Loretto Halls."
The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Frederick said the area within the courtyard will be landscaped with new plantings and that the University worked with the City of Webster Groves to identify and protect two trees, a sugar maple and a sycamore. "Other trees within the courtyard either could not be saved or were hazards (one was being held up by wires) and needed to be taken down," she said. "As required by ordinance, we will be replacing every tree on a per-caliper- inch, or trunk-thickness, basis."
The project also includes an outdoor dining and study patio to the south of Loretto Hall, just outside of Marletto’s.
To view a few architectural renderings of this exciting new project, go to: www.webster.edu/north_south_pathway/renderings.pdf