Take a Peek at the Tracy Hall Science Center

With the 2014 legislative session now under way, the Tracy Hall Science Center is at the top of Weber State University’s wish list. In October, the state’s building board ranked the center as the #1 capital priority for Utah, and the full Legislature will decide on funding this year.

As you might know, our current science building is in serious need of retirement. As we anxiously wait to break ground on this invaluable addition to the Ogden campus, I’d like to give you a glimpse into the future regarding what the science center could include.

The Tracy Hall Science Center is named after H. Tracy Hall, a WSU alumnus who was an integral part of the team that invented synthetic diamonds at General Electric in 1954. Dr. Hall was the uncle of Alan Hall, chair of our Board of Trustees. We are grateful to the Hall family for the lead gift that makes this building possible, as well as other gifts that are helping make this dream a reality.

The new building will be 174,000 square feet, and every inch will be used to its fullest potential. It will not only address several safety and structural issues posed by the current facility, it will breathe new life into science education at Weber State. WSU is committed to training the next generation of Utah’s scientists and health professionals, and this proposed facility will reflect that passion.

The center will be built in the heart of campus, just north of Stewart Bell Tower Plaza and east of Elizabeth Hall, where Building 3 and Building 4 currently stand. (Those buildings will be demolished to make room.) Research and instructional labs will be housed in two laboratory towers. Classrooms and faculty/staff offices will be in the eastern wing. Finally, a large atrium will tie the laboratory towers and class/office wing together. This atrium will put science on display, which is a major theme for the building.

Interior windows will offer a view into experiments conducted in research laboratories. Since this building will host practically all WSU students, whether they be science majors or completing general education requirements, this will hopefully pique interest in a career in science.

As someone with a background in chemistry, I understand how important securing funding for the Tracy Hall Science Center is. Our Wildcats depend upon it.