WSU Prepares for Grand Opening of Wildcat Village

OGDEN, Utah – The construction of phase one of the brand new Wildcat Village is complete, and the first building is ready for students to move in to for fall semester.

A ribbon cutting and open house will take place Aug. 15 to celebrate the grand opening of the Weber State University housing project. The ribbon cutting will be at 2:30 p.m. with the open house immediately after, from 3-5 p.m.

Wildcat Village replaces LaSal, Wasatch and Stansbury halls, which have been demolished. Promontory Tower will come down in the near future. Wildcat Village will feature three new buildings. When finished, it will house more than 500 students.

"Wildcat Village represents a new era in residential living for students," said Brett Perozzi, WSU associate vice president for Student Affairs. “It features living environments that will foster community and promote engagement."

Designed to encourage people to gather, Wildcat Village will feature activity lounges, common kitchens and eating areas, and other amenities. Even the semicircle positioning of the buildings fosters a community feel by opening onto a courtyard with playing fields, a volleyball court, fire pit and other facilities.
 
Wildcat Village rendering.


Hall One rendering.

Each building in Wildcat Village will be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification candidate. The buildings will feature a number of green building design features, including the use of solar panels.

The construction of phase one included the Wildcat Village parking area and Hall One. Phase two will include Hall Two, which will be the central figure of Wildcat Village, providing a large commons area, dining hall and the WSU Housing offices. Hall Two will also house students. Phase three will see the construction of Hall Three, which will employ a pod-style configuration — the latest in residential hall design. Phases two and three of Wildcat Village will be up and running in the next few years.

"We've seen tremendous demand from incoming and returning students in the past two years to live in the WSU residential halls," Perozzi said. "The facilities that were built in the 1960s didn't provide a desirable environment for learning at a modern university. The replacement of these halls will allow WSU to capitalize on new technologies. Design elements have been carefully considered to maximize the longevity and useful life span of Wildcat Village. These facilities will serve students for the next 50 years."

The construction of Wildcat Village is funded through student fee revenue bonds, private gifts and other institutional sources such as housing program revenues.

Wildcat Village Facts & Figures:

Architect: MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City

Builder: Okland Construction

WSU Project Manager: Bruce Daley

Building dimensions:

  • Three buildings, each three stories tall
  • Hall 1 — 48,400 square feet
  • Hall 2 — 88,480 square feet
  • Hall 3 — 25,270 square feet
  • Wildcat Village — 172,150 square feet

Cost of Wildcat Village:

  • $32 million
  • $9.9 million for phase one

Other features:

  • 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
  • Recreational facility with cardio equipment and resistance machines
  • Kitchenettes on hall floors, gas grills outside

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Contact:

Brett Perozzi, associate vice president for Student Affairs 
801-626-6008 • brettperozzi@weber.edu

Daniel Kilcrease, director of Housing and Residence Life
801-626-7275 • dkilcrease@weber.edu 

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu