OGDEN, Utah – The renovation of the Shepherd Union Building at Weber State University wrapped up this week, opening for students as they returned to campus for the 2008-09 school year.
The two-year project was designed to update the Ogden campus's union building, which was originally built in two sections in the 1960s.
"The renovated Shepherd Union is a significant step in redefining daily campus life at Weber State," said Bill Fruth, director of the union. "With its new and updated services and programs, the union will provide students a greater university experience that supports the education of the person as well as the intellect."
The eastern portion of the building, which closed last fall for remodeling, will house the student newspaper, student radio station, a computer lab, bowling alley, billiards and arcade. The student government offices, Community Involvement Center, Diversity Center and Nontraditional Student Center also are located in the recently opened side of the building.
The first phase of the project, which focused on the west side of the building, opened last year and included a new 13,000-square-foot atrium, which connects the two sides of the union building and increases the amount of usable building space. The project also expanded the size of the bookstore and food court, added new lounge areas, and updated the ballrooms and Wildcat Theater. A full-service branch of the Weber State Credit Union also was added.
In 2004, the WSU student body voted to renovate the union building by increasing student fees. The project was approved by Utah's state legislature during its 2005 session, and construction began in the spring of 2006.
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