Westminster has a total of 909 regular parking spaces on the core campus. The Garfield school provides an additional 187 spaces. During peak hours (Monday through Thursday, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm) there may be a total of 1,800 people on the Westminster campus, still leaving a large deficit in the amount of parking available.
In an effort to decrease the number of cars on campus and promote more sustainable transportation Westminster is launching a new parking program with a variety of options.
- Priced permitting—As a new parking structure is implemented this school year, students, faculty, and staff will be charged a $150 fee to park on the core Westminster campus.
- Transportation alternatives—30% of Westminster students and faculty and staff live within 5-10 miles of campus. These commuters are encouraged to walk, ride their bikes, or use public transportation to come to campus. All students and staff are given a UTA bus pass that can be used throughout the year.
- Ride Share—Westminster is encouraging faculty, staff, and student to car pool and ride share to campus. The core campus has prime parking spots dedicated to ride share participants. The college also has a web site to facilitate people looking to ride share, and additionally offers the U Car Share Program.
Westminster's primary focus is to decrease the number of cars coming to campus daily, in effort to support our climate control initiative. As a community member you may see an increase in the number of cars parked on your street during peak times. Westminster is providing students, faculty, and staff with a parking handbook outlining the new parking program, and informing them of their options for commuting to campus. Thank you for your support in this initiative.
The Garfield School acquisition and renovation was the first step in the college’s move toward an extended campus as part of the Master Plan (link to CR Master Plan website). Westminster now officially owns the Garfield School and will create the Westminster Center for the Arts in this space. This decision was made after extended discussion between the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Westminster faculty, and the community.
The Garfield building consists of a historic school building and two later additions, with an area of 36,000 square feet on one and a half levels. The site is 4.6 acres and has approximately 180 parking stalls. This location will benefit Westminster by increasing the campus building area as well as providing additional parking within a short walk to the core campus. However, it does present the challenge of keeping its historical designation while upgrading the school to a usable space. Necessary renovations include replacing windows, removing asbestos, and more.
Westminster/Local Card Collaboration
Westminster College recently collaborated with the Sugar House Local Card to offer an easy way for students to access Local Card benefits. By showing the “Local” sticker on the back of their student ID’s, Westminster students will have all the benefits of Local Card holders. This will result in an increased Local Card membership of 3,000 students. The Sugar House businesses featured on the Local Card will benefit through increased advertising at Westminster on interactive TV’s throughout campus and in the biweekly edition of our school newspaper The Forum. They will be featured on the Freshman Orientation Sugar House walking tour and business scavenger hunt. This opportunity was funded by the Associated Students of Westminster (ASW).
Westminster on the Draw
The Westminster on the Draw building is a mixed-use structure that Westminster is leasing as part of our extended campus initiatives. This structure will allow for 168 additional beds for Westminster upper classmen, as well as the basement level offering 16,000 sq. ft. of event space. The event space will be open to the community October 2012 and will have the capability of seating 500 people. Westminster on the Draw will also house our Division of New Learning and additional classroom space. The street level will be business retail space.
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