Webster University, Vienna Relocating to Historic Palais Wenkheim
We proudly announce that Webster University has signed a long-term rental contract that paves the way for relocation to the historic Palais Wenkheim in Fall 2014. The neoclassical building is conveniently located in Vienna’s 2nd district, just a few steps away from the historic center.
“We look forward to a new location that more accurately reflects the global excellence of Webster’s academic programs in Vienna,” said Webster University President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble. “We had simply outgrown our current facilities. This is a unique opportunity to improve our ability to advance the work of our faculty and staff and to meet the needs of the exceptional students who study at this location.”
Built in 1826, Palais Wenkheim features tremendous architectural detailing, both interior and exterior. Renovations made to the approximately 36,000-square-foot structure in 1989 include a dramatic glass-roofed, five-story atrium with space that can accommodate gatherings of up to 300 people.
Additional renovations, which will take approximately 18 months to complete, will transform Palais Wenkheim into a space that supports Webster University’s commitment to providing academic and operational excellence for its students. They include upgrades to the building’s heating and cooling systems and to its exterior, as well as building out classroom, office, food service, library and additional study space.
When completed, Palais Wenkheim will be able to support as many as 1,000 students. Arthur Hirsh, Director of the Vienna campus is happy “that a challenging 5- year location search has finally come to a happy ending. This relocation truly is a transformational change for Webster University Vienna.”
“Palais Wenkheim, with its prime location and stunning architecture, promises an unrivaled student life experience,” Stroble said. “According to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey, Vienna took the top spot as the city with the world’s best quality of living. We are thrilled that with our new campus, Webster University will be situated at the very heart of this vibrant community.”
“The new location epitomizes Webster University’s creative approach to education, which brings past, present and future together,” said Webster University Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Julian Z. Schuster. “A historic building in the historic downtown of Vienna that hosts a truly global university sends an unequivocal message about the future of higher education.”
Arthur Hirsh continues “I especially want to thank President Stroble and Provost Schuster for realizing our dream; without their support it would not be happening.”