Grand Opening Scheduled for WSU’s Newest Campus HousingOGDEN, Utah – A ribbon cutting and open house will take place Aug. 14 to celebrate the grand opening of the newest addition to Weber State University’s Wildcat Village student-housing community. The ribbon cutting will be at 4 p.m. with the open house immediately following from 4:30-6 p.m.
Residence Hall 3 is the final installment of Wildcat Village and incorporates the same design elements to foster a community feel.
“It really is a village,” said Brett Perozzi, associate vice president for Student Affairs. “With the volleyball court, fire pits and grills, this is more than a place to do homework and sleep. It’s a community.”
Residence Hall 3 adds to the living arrangement options available through WSU housing. Residence Hall 3 is organized into pods. Each wing of the three-story building is one pod, and the rooms open directly into the hallway. Students share a large community bathroom and three small individual bathrooms.
“We got feedback from students who lived in Promontory Tower that because of the layout, they had to come out of their rooms to meet people and get to know the other students on their floor,” Perozzi said. “In University Village, students said they got to know their roommates well, but not many of their neighbors. Many students want a more traditional college experience, and now we have residence halls that facilitate community building.”
For upperclassmen who prefer more separation, University Village provides apartments, and Stewart Wasatch Hall is arranged in suites, in which a bathroom conjoins two rooms.
Wildcat Village was designed not only to foster community, but also to promote engagement for a well-rounded university experience, said Daniel Kilcrease, director of Housing and Residence Life. One way WSU hopes to do this is by creating more Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in Residence Hall 3. An LLC groups students who are taking common classes or are in the same major.
“We’re going to work with faculty members in the coming years to bolster our LLCs,” Perozzi said. “Residence Hall 3 was specifically designed to support LLCs.”
Residents already enjoy a health professions LLC in Wildcat Village. Faculty members visit residence halls to lecture and offer supplemental instruction.
Each building in Wildcat Village is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification Candidate. The buildings have a number of green-design features, such as solar panels.
Wildcat Village replaces Promontory Tower, and LaSal, Wasatch and Stansbury halls, all of which have been demolished. The complex will house more than 500 students. Rooms are still available in each building for the upcoming school year.
Wildcat Village Facts & Figures:
Architect: MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City
Builder: Okland Construction
WSU Project Manager: Bruce Daley
• Three buildings, each three stories tall
• Residence Hall 1 — 48,400 square feet
• Stewart Wasatch Hall — 88,480 square feet
• Residence Hall 3 — 25,270 square feet
• Wildcat Village — 172,150 square feet
• Activity lounges with billiards, shuffleboard and big screen TVs
• Laundry rooms with web-access notification of availability
• Motion-sensor lighting
• Energy-usage monitors
• On-site lectures, tutoring and other student-support services
• Food On Demand campus dining and convenience store
• Recreational facility with cardio equipment and resistance machines
• Kitchenettes on hall floors, gas grills outside
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