Capital Gifts | Bridge Campaign
Capital gifts beyond the annual Westminster Fund support specific programs or objectives, including building and grounds and other capital improvements.
Capital gifts invest in the school’s vision to meet building needs the school cannot pay for out of tuition funds. It is up to you as a current parent or supporter to help ensure that Westminster is here for future generations. Today’s enhancements build for future generations.
What is the Bridge Campaign?
The Bridge Campaign helps fulfill part of our strategic plan that says we will develop and implement a campus master plan to ensure that we have the necessary land and facilities to fulfill our mission, realize our vision and achieve our goals. Since current Middle and Upper School facilities have outlived their lifespan and do not provide adequately for expanding educational programs or increased enrollment, the board of trustees has worked tirelessly to approve a campus master plan and move toward realization of its vision.
Why am I asked for a Westminster Fund gift even while making a capital gift?
The school must continue to meet its operating costs, even as it engages in capital projects and improvements. We ask that you first make a gift to the Westminster Fund, then make a contribution to the capital campaign if you are able.
What has already been accomplished through the Bridge Campaign?
The Bridge Campaign has helped the school acquire an additional four acres on Wheeler Road to support Lower School and athletic needs, including recess, P.E. and after-school sports; technology and science upgrades at all grade levels, including campus-wide internet and new science equipment for Middle and Upper School science; and, refurbishment of the Middle and Upper School gym. In May 2015, ground was broken on Knox Hall, a 20,000-square-foot building to house a new lunch/commons area, five new classrooms, a technology classroom and a new library, all to serve Middle and Upper School students.
Construction is under way on Knox Hall, a 20,000-square-foot facility that will sit on the footprint of Building 300 (the administration building built in the early 1970s). With gifts now nearly totaling $3 million dollars from almost 100 Bridge Campaign friends, we are now in a position to launch the final and public fundraising phase for this campaign.
This new campus addition will serve both Middle and Upper School students with a multipurpose student commons area on the first floor that will house our cafeteria and chapel. It will include a more adequately-sized kitchen, a permanent stage in the commons and a space near the entry dedicated to faculty collaboration. This multifunctional first floor will also serve our broader school community as it has the capacity to host school-wide events and performances. It has also been designed as a rental location for CSRA community events, adding another school revenue stream.
The second floor will expand our academic space, adding a large library, four additional classrooms, a technology-rich classroom and a conference room. With these substantial upgrades and the addition of more square feet for our expanding enrollment, this new facility will support our students, faculty and community incredibly well for years and years to come.
Knox Hall Construction Renderings
Still Shot of Construction Progress
Knox Hall Groundbreaking | May 5
The Westminster community gathered together on May 5 to break ground on the new Middle/Upper School commons building and praise God for his faithfulness and generosity to our school. During the ceremony, the official name of the building, Knox Hall, was announced. Demolition and construction of Knox Hall will begin this summer. Scroll down to view a progress still from the camera we have monitoring the construction progress in real time.