KWK Architects Designing New $3.5 Million Athletic Stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO
KWK Architects is working on designs for a new $3.5 million athletic stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, following a surprise announcement to students last week.
The new facility is made possible in part by a $3 million gift from college alumnus Kent Mueller and his wife, Judy. Westminster students learned of the big news on March 13 during a luncheon at the college's Historic Gymnasium.
“On behalf of the entire Westminster community, I want to thank Kent and Judy Mueller for their strong support of our students, programs and facilities,” said Westminster President Fletch Lamkin. “The Muellers were leaders during my first tenure as President of Westminster with their transformational gifts to make this a beautiful campus, and now they are stepping up to the plate once more to provide the quality athletic facilities our student-athletes deserve. This is great news for our students and prospective students.”
The new stadium will be located within the college's existing sports complex, which includes a training facility, softball and baseball fields and tennis courts, along with football and soccer fields.
"The current location of the main athletic field does not adequately utilize the site's potential for a new stadium," said KWK Principal Eric Neuner, AIA, NCARB. "The plan is to replace the current field with a new turf field and 2,000-seat stadium to the north and to create more practice fields and possibly a running track to the south in the future."
The new athletic stadium, the largest capital improvement project on campus in over a decade, will be used for Westminster and local community events. A walking track around the new field for use by students and the public is also planned.
Phase I of the project will include new turf, scoreboard and lights on the field and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2018 football season.
Phase II, which will include construction of the bleachers, press box, concessions and restrooms, is expected to be completed in summer 2019.