Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wesley House and Campus Center

June 25, 2009

Friends of "Cal" and Wesley House are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Wesley House and Campus Center at the University of California, Berkeley, on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 3 p.m. The general public is welcome to take part in the celebration.


The Wesley Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley is a non-profit, public benefit corporation, founded in 1925 as a campus ministry of the United Methodist Church.


Its new student housing development project will feature eight five-bedroom intentional living communities, providing a blend of personal space and community living for 90 students. The four-story development will consist of three floors of apartment suites, called "Wesley House," and a ground floor campus ministry called the "Campus Center."


The project is located at 2398 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, across the street from campus at the corner of Bancroft Way and Dana Street, and is due to open for the 2010-11 academic school year.


The ground floor Campus Center will include a multi-media room, student lounge, community kitchen, student art exhibit space, and deck opening to the historical Wesley-Trinity Church courtyard, with its heritage coastal oak tree. The fourth floor will feature a community library, opening over that courtyard and overlooking the prestigious Berkeley City Club, designed by Julia Morgan.


The new Wesley House and Campus Center is a certified "Green" building and will have some 165+ points in the "Build It Green" rating system.


The project architect, Kirk Peterson & Associates, is a design-oriented firm that has worked on residential, commercial, ecclesiastical, and historical projects since its founding in 1981. The firm's work explores and advocates sustainable design and ways in which an historical design sensibility can be congruent with conservation. Its most notable works in the Berkeley area include the Gaia and the Bachenheimer buildings.


Wesley Foundation at UC Berkeley is committed to the development of student leadership and promotion of Christian and United Methodist values of justice, hospitality, service, and religious diversity.


Its mission is to create a spiritual community at UC Berkeley in which open hearts, open minds, and open doors are the standard.


For more information, visit the Wesley Foundation website at, or contact the Rev. Tarah Trueblood at  or 510.549.1244.