OGDEN, Utah – The public is invited to the grand opening of the newest building at Weber State University Davis on Aug. 29 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A short program is set for 5 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting, reception and tours. The building is located at 2750 University Park Blvd., Layton, Utah.
The Professional Programs Classroom Building, or D-3, will contain classrooms and laboratories to accommodate nursing, electronics engineering, construction management, interior design and other high-demand programs at WSU Davis.
The 120,146-square foot building costing $39.5 million was completed on time and on budget, ready for fall semester.
Credit for the successful completion of the expansive building goes in part to one of the first graduates of WSU’s Parson Construction Management Technology (CMT) program. Rodney Cluff graduated in 2000, and now, as a project manager for Big-D Construction, helped oversee every aspect of the WSU Davis building.
“I wouldn’t be a project manager without the degree I have,” Cluff said sitting down for a moment during the week of final inspections. “I’d still be working my way into this position. I think having that practical experience with my degree helped me advance in my career better and faster.”
The project was especially gratifying for Cluff because CMT will be a program housed in the space he’s helped build.
“I hope they have a good experience in this building,” Cluff said. “The opportunity to learn is here, and I hope students take that opportunity, whatever courses or program they may be involved in. Having more education is always better. There’s no reason to not get more education.”
Plenty of students will receive all or part of their education at WSU Davis. Beginning fall semester, WSU Davis will offer 17 full degrees and certificates at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels, meaning students can complete all their coursework in one location.
The interior design and construction management programs will move exclusively to WSU Davis from their current location in Ogden. Nursing and engineering technology also will have expanded classroom and laboratory space to allow for additional students and provide convenience for employees at Hill Air Force Base.
“This is an exciting day, and a long time coming,” said Chris Rivera, associate dean of WSU Davis. “We began delivering classes in Davis County in the late ’70s in a variety of rented facilities. In the early ’90s, a citizen committee began looking at opening a campus in Davis County. The Utah Board of Regents, the Legislature and the governor then appointed Weber State as the institution for north Davis County. They purchased 106 acres, and now we have two buildings with a 50-year master plan to build a campus that eventually will serve 15,000 students.”
In addition to academic space, the new building will include student union space funded through $5 million in student fees. Other elements include a large food court, a book store, an area for campus recreation and event space.
“I'd like to say thank you to those who made this possible because this building is a great step in the right direction,” said Alexis Marquez, the WSU Davis student senator. “I think all the students are really going to appreciate being listened to as far as what they needed in this new building, and they are all going to enjoy it.”
The new building also will serve as a permanent home for the Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (NUAMES). The early-college high school has 500 students and plans to expand to 550. NUAMES currently uses five classrooms and 13 portable classrooms at WSU Davis.
NUAMES contributed $4.5 million to the building project and will occupy 14 classrooms during the day, with WSU students using them in the evenings.
Facts & Figures:
Architect: GSBS Architects
Builder: Big-D Construction
WSU Project Manager: Bruce Daley
Building Dimensions: 120,146 square feet
Cost: $39.5 million
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