Westminster’s spectacular 85,000-square-foot Armour Academic Center opened in fall 2009 and includes a humanities wing and a math and science wing, surrounding a centrally located glass atrium. The four-level, LEED gold certified building boasts small class sizes that encourage student interaction, state-of-the-art technology, abundant informal meeting spaces, and large windows that capture natural light and breathtaking views of the Farmington Valley.
Armour embodies the four core values of Westminster – community, character, balance and involvement – because it provides formal and informal spaces for discussion, relaxation and learning, as well as state-of-the-art technology and materials to ensure the highest level of teaching and learning. At any time of day, you can find students doing research or working through problem sets in the Cole Library, clustered in a study room, hanging out and eating snacks in the Atrium, or quietly reading next to the fireplace in Gund Room. Armour provides resources, including a sixteen-seat planetarium, lecture hall and impressive labs, to enable students and faculty to explore science, math and the humanities in brightly-lit spaces specially designed for teaching and learning. Armour brings the community together by encouraging engagement with academics and each other.
Every classroom in the center offers state-of-the-art educational technology to enhance teaching and learning. New tools such as sophisticated interactive whiteboards, document cameras, multimedia players and advanced sound systems make it possible for Westminster teachers to bring global information into their classrooms at the touch of a fingertip and to share and save work instantaneously.
While most students bring a laptop computer to school, desktop computers are available for individual work or group instruction in two computer labs, a first floor study hall and the Cole Library. The library also offers a classroom with a full audiovisual package and a cart of 15 laptop computers. And the multimedia, digital Language Studio, offers a language learning system with real-time audio and visual interaction capabilities.
From the Teen Collection, devoted to teen reading and coming-of-age information, to the progressively rigorous research projects that are integrated into the curriculum, Westminster’s Cole Library serves its students and faculty with focus and flexibility. Carefully selected non-fiction books and online resources, together with our interlibrary loan service, facilitate research and learning.
A diverse selection of titles, ranging from classic to contemporary works, supports reading for pleasure, and frequently refreshed topical displays keep students abreast of current issues and alert them to new and appealing materials. The student-led Library TAG Team works with the librarians, with campus organizations and the community at large to promote library services and library-sponsored special events. Our three experienced librarians, Mrs. Johri, Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Stevens, welcome suggestions, requests, questions and opportunities to support students in their efforts.
The Baxter Gallery, adjoining Armstrong Atrium in the Armour Academic Center, showcases the school's permanent collection of paintings, prints and sculpture dating from the late 19th to the early 21st century. The collection includes work created by Westminster alumni, former faculty, and internationally-known artists that was generously donated to the school by Westminster alumni and their families. Every spring, the gallery is transformed into exhibition space for the annual Alumni Art Exhibit, showcasing the work of several alumni artists.
Students of all levels display their work in a variety of visible spaces on campus, including the intimate Hamilton Art Gallery and the Chapel Gallery which features several student and faculty exhibits each year.