From Turn Lane to Science Building

Aug. 13, 2015

From Turn Lane to Science Building
Edgar Road earlier this summer during the
height of construction

ST. LOUIS - The City of Webster Groves completed construction on a southbound left-turn lane at Edgar Road and Garden Avenue Friday, a project that was a collaborative effort with Webster University. The lane paves the way for expanding the University’s parking garage, which is needed to open the future Interdisciplinary Science Building.

A joint City-University ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the intersection to mark the occasion and its importance to both Webster Groves and Webster University. The event is open to the public

“This is a major step forward in providing academic facilities that serve students and the community more effectively,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of the University. "The completion of this project represents another step in progress toward the Interdisciplinary Science Building, solid footing in continued partnership between Webster University and the City of Webster Groves, and a significant leap in strategically advancing our strength in the sciences."

The left-turn lane was a condition enacted by the City of Webster Groves for Webster University’s proposal to expand its parking garage. The garage expansion is needed to meet the City’s parking requirements for the new science building.

In March, agreement was reached between the City of Webster Groves and Webster University about how to complete the road project by sharing resources and expertise. The University agreed to pay for the cost of the construction and both the City and the University selected a primary engineer to oversee the project. The city then managed the work.

Groundbreaking for Interdisciplinary Science Building

The left-turn lane wasn’t the only project underway this summer that will contribute to the new Interdisciplinary Science Building. Work on a new electrical substation to support the new building is continuing and is expected to be completed Sept. 1.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new building has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 on the grounds north of the East Academic Building. Parking Lot L-North will be closed that morning and will reopen once the lot has been cleared of the event items. Construction is anticipated to start in spring of 2016.

“Each of these projects hold significance for Webster’s future,” said Julian Schuster, the provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Webster University. “The turn lane leads to the parking garage. The parking garage and the electrical substation leads to the Interdisciplinary Science Building. These are vital elements of our 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan, which offers a vison to transform the Webster Groves campus into a vibrant, well-connected, student-oriented setting for learning and research.

“This project vaults us into the future of science education, and helps our region meet the growing demand for more professionals with a science background,” he added.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with over 20,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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