Goldwater Library to be built Adjacent to New Westminster MESA Campus
Officials in Mesa, AZ announced yesterday that the Barry and Peggy Goldwater Library and Archives will be built one block from the new Westminster College campus in Mesa.
Projected to open in 2016, the $30 million building will include books, photographs and manuscripts owned by Senator Goldwater as well as policy papers from the Arizona Congressional Delegation.
“We are quite excited about this tremendous new Mesa asset being built right next door to our new campus,” says Westminster President George B. Forsythe. “Our students will not only have access to the beautiful Mesa City Library but be able to do research at a library and archives of national significance.”
The Goldwater Library and Archives is planned for 40,000 square feet in the first phase and will include three stories reaching 65 feet in height. Rotating displays, permanent exhibits, a café, gift shop, lecture hall and meeting rooms are all a part of the initial plans.
“Having the Goldwater Library and Archives in our downtown is a tremendous honor for Mesa,” says Mayor Scott Smith. “The combination of the library, the new colleges and universities, along with the light rail extension will create incredible opportunities for both Mesa and Arizona.”
The library will be located on the southeastern corner of First Avenue and Macdonald, a block south of the future extension of Mesa’s light rail line.
Son Michael Goldwater, who attended the announcement, told reporters the library will reflect all aspects of his father’s life, including his passion for photography and history. Since the plan is to include archives of other area political figures, he envisions the library as a “one-stop place for researchers to write papers upon politicians in Arizona.”
Barry Goldwater represented the state of Arizona in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. He was the Republican nominee for President in 1964, but lost to Lyndon Johnson. However, Goldwater is considered a pioneer in the conservative political movement in America.
Located in the heart of downtown Mesa at 245 West 2nd Street, in a 53,000 square foot facility formerly occupied by the Mesa City Court building, the new Westminster campus, called The Mesa Center for Higher Education, is a shared space with two other institutions, Albright College and Wilkes University. Each institution has its own niche, offering separate academic programs that are needed in the Southwest and do not compete with each other for students.
Classes at the new Westminster campus are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013.