Western Theological Seminary - Learning Commons
Over the past couple of decades, we have worked with Western Theological Seminary on several projects including construction of the original seminary, classrooms, chapel and library. Additional projects have included the demolition of 19 existing homes, extensive sitework and construction of a 32-unit student housing center.
Now, we are completing the seminary’s largest project to date, a $12.5 million Learning Commons. The first area of new construction is located at the front of the seminary. A new and more grand entrance to provide a well-defined “front door” to WTS. The two-story addition will house administrative offices for several departments and open directly to the reception desk making navigation of the seminary easier and more welcoming for our guests.
Next, extensive renovation will refresh several classrooms, upgrade the Commons with good lighting, sound systems, and (finally) air conditioning, and replace old windows with ones that have double panes and proper insulation. We will also expand and update the Commons’ kitchen which is used daily to provide meals to the hungry in our community.
The second area of new construction is located off the back of the seminary. A revitalized Semelink Hall will become a world-class learning center designed around the way people study and teach today. The learning center will be a welcoming, open space with collaborative settings that facilitate the seminary’s growing student body and provide space for new ways of learning to come. This project will bring the seminary’s facilities into compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), making WTS accessible to all.