May 2, 2011
Westlake Hall will soon be one of Bradley’s oldest buildings and the University’s most modern academic facility all at once. A topping out ceremony highlighted a milestone in the $22 million renovation project May 2, as a steel beam signed by students, faculty, and staff was lifted into place on one of the building’s west-side gables.
“Today’s achievement is a very visible sign of Bradley’s progress,” said University President Joanne K. Glasser, who signed the beam before authorizing its ascent. “We are building on our tradition of excellence. We are looking to the future – planning for the generations to come.”
The renovation will bring Westlake Hall to six times its original size and set a new standard for academic facilities on Bradley’s campus. It will be the state-of-the-art home to the College of Education and Health Sciences and the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service.
With 85,000 square feet of academic space, the “reborn” Westlake Hall will feature smart classrooms affording global connectivity, an auditorium, and various counseling suites.
A structure designed to prepare students for the future while paying tribute to the past, the building will retain its classic architectural features and iconic clock tower. Dr. Joan Sattler, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences, noted the design will meet the nation’s highest environmental standards.
“I am very pleased that President Glasser had the vision to renovate this building to meet LEED Gold Standards,” Sattler said. “This emphasis on energy conservation and sustainability should serve Westlake Hall for another 100 years.”
Junior Robert Smith is one of hundreds of students whose signatures now grace the structure. The accounting major said it’s been thrilling to watch campus grow and improve during his tenure at Bradley.
“With all the improvements and construction going on around us every day, I don’t know how you couldn’t feel a part of the excitement,” Smith said. “It’s pretty cool to know my signature will always be here, and I’ll think about it whenever I come back to campus.”
The Westlake Hall renovation is scheduled to be completed in summer 2012. It is one of six building projects included in the $150 million Campaign for a Bradley Renaissance.