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Westminster gets $300,000 grant for $3M Old Main renovation project



Published: Tue, February 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College has received a $300,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation of Pittsburgh toward the $3 million renovation of Old Main.

Westminster College President R. Thomas Williamson said Old Main is Westminster's signature academic and administrative facility, and has had only minor renovations since it was built in 1929.

Infrastructure improvements include upgrading the building's electrical and heating systems and installing a sprinkler system, elevator, additional restrooms and air conditioning.

The $3 million project also will include upgrades of classrooms, academic program areas and the chapel and refurbishment of the bell tower masonry. The project began last summer and will be completed by early September. It is the sixth of seven construction and renovation projects included in Westminster's $30 million Shared Vision Uncommon Results fund-raising initiative.

The five projects completed since 1998 total nearly $23 million and include the Western Pennsylvania Cultural Arts Center ($1.7 million), Marjorie A. Walker Recreation Center ($285,000), Andrew J. McKelvey Campus Center ($14.4 million), Thompson-Clark Hall ($3 million) and the Memorial Field House ($3.4 million).




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