In 2013, Westminster Theological Seminary received a pledge of a lead gift for a much-needed academic building to replace Van Til Hall. At the urging of the donor, the administration hired a nationally renowned campus planning firm, Ayers Saint Gross, to develop a campus master plan for the revitalization of Westminster’s Glenside campus. The plan includes dormitories, a new academic building/chapel complex, an addition to the library, and a much-needed renovation of Machen Hall, in addition to landscaping, signage, walks, and parking improvements. Since the lead gift in 2013, additional donors have graciously pledged funds to help support these new building initiatives.
Before contractors can begin construction, Westminster will need to prepare a land use plan to set forth the overall design for the nearly 20-acre campus. That is a significant undertaking, which will take one year to 18 months and involve civil engineers, traffic engineers, environmental engineers, surveyors and a host of other professionals. Several months ago, the Lord laid it on the hearts of several donors to underwrite that effort, and approximately four weeks ago, the engineers and surveyors arrived and the job is underway. Once completed, the plan will be presented to Cheltenham Township, the Department of Transportation, and various other governmental agencies that will need to approve the project. We have met with the township many times and have received very positive feedback on our efforts to improve the campus in this way.
While we have several lead gifts, we will need significant funding to accomplish the plan. We have retained a campaign specialist who has been working with President Lillback and the advancement team for the past year in preparation for a campaign.
The next step is to determine through a feasibility study by the consultant, whether Westminster has the donor base to bring about a project of this scope.
The next step is to determine through a feasibility study by the consultant, whether Westminster has the donor base to bring about a project of this scope. The consultant interviewed a number of Westminster’s friends during the first quarter of 2016 and made recommendations to the board of trustees at its May 2016 meeting. We covet your prayers in this significant endeavor. We believe that the Lord has laid it on the hearts of a number of friends to help bring about this important work. Please be in prayer for Dr. Lillback and the advancement team as we seek the Lord’s guidance going forward.