With the temperature in Berkeley soaring, dignitaries and students gave an even warmer response on Sunday, September 26 when the ribbon was cut to officially open the Wesley House & Campus Center, an outreach campus ministry of the United Methodist Church.
The four-story building, located across from the UC Berkeley campus at 2398 Bancroft Way, consists of three floors of dorm apartments (including a deck and study), called "Wesley House," and a first-floor campus ministry called the "Campus Center." Although actual construction took just a little more than a year, many years of planning and fundraising preceded the groundbreaking on July 1, 2009.
Wesley House is a state-of-the-art, "green" student housing community with eight furnished suites – which include fully equipped kitchens along with single-, double-, and triple-occupancy bedrooms. It has capacity for 90 students and already is at more than 50% occupancy.
The Campus Center has a multi-media room, student lounge and community kitchen, student art exhibit hall, and deck opening to the historical Wesley-Trinity Church courtyard, where Sunday's dedication took place.
The Rev. Tarah Trueblood, executive director of the Wesley Foundation and campus minister, said the dedication marked "a new way of being in relationship with students" by providing student housing. She said "The 1950s model of doing campus ministry is ineffective in a Post-Modern world."
Watch 1 min. 54 sec. video of ribbon-cutting above.
Read two Berkeley Daily Planet stories about the project and Sunday ceremony: