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Sverdrup Complex

Address: 8300 Big Bend BoulevardSverdrup Complex

Groundbreaking: September 27, 1986

Topping out: February 26, 1987

Dedication December 8, 1987

Opening February 10, 1988

Architect: Sverdrup Corporation

Approximate cost: $6.5 million

Size: 67,000 square feet


The Sverdrup Complex was a welcome addition to the campus when it opened in 1988. Lack of classroom space had forced the university to hold classes in Nerinx Hall, a nearby Catholic high school. Webster also lost the use of the Plymouth building, a former junior high school owned by the Webster Groves School District, when it was sold to developers in 1984.


The new Sverdrup building became the home for business & management, media communications, and computer studies. At the time it was opened, the facilities were considered state-of-the-art, especially in the media department.


The building is named for General Leif J. Sverdrup, founder of the engineering firm Sverdrup Corporation (now part of Jacobs.) General Sverdrup was instrumental in raising funds to insure the financial stability of Webster in the 1970s.


Leif J Sverdrup


Gibson, Mike, & Nappier, Gary. (1987, January 22). Sverdrup building 'right on schedule'. The Journal, vol. 20, no. 1, p. 1.

Hicks, Paul. (1987, March 5). Framework completed on Sverdrup building. The Journal, vol. 20, no. 7, p. 5.

Leif J. Sverdrup Business/Technology Complex: "Fulfilling the Mandate". (1988, April-May). Here and Now, vol. 6, no. 7, p. 6.

Light at the end of the tunnel. (1987, November 12-18). The Journal, vol. 21, no. 10, p.1A-4A.

Nappier, Gary. (1987, April 9). Financing questioned. The Journal, vol. 20, no. 11, p. 1, 7.

Nappier, Gary. (1986, August 28). Webster continues expansion. The Journal, vol. 19, no. 1, p. 1,6.

Nappier, Gary. (1986, April 17). WU construction to begin in June. The Journal, vol. 18, no. 12, p. 1, 3-4.

New building on target. (1987, September 3-9). The Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, p. 3.

Newsome, Cyndi. (1988, February 18-24). 250 Webster supporters gather to open Sverdrup. The Journal, vol. 22, no. 4, p. 5.

Schuster, Joseph M. (1988, Summer). The Leif J. Sverdrup Business/Technology Complex. Webster World, vol. 1, no. 1, p. 3-5.