WSU Prepares to Break Ground on Elizabeth Hall

Artist rendering of Elizabeth Hall at Weber State University. Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2007.

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for a new classroom building, Elizabeth Hall, on June 7 at 4 p.m.

The ceremony will feature university officials, donors and lawmakers who helped to make the project a reality.

The new, three-story building will replace single-story Buildings 1 and 2, two of the four original structures that have housed numerous departments and offices during more than 50 years on the Harrison Boulevard campus.

The university received $22.95 million in state funding for the project during the 2007 legislative session, along with $6 million in funds generously donated by private sponsors of the project, including the Stewart Education Foundation and the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. An additional $2 million came from state lawmakers during the 2006 session to begin designing the new facility.

“We’re excited to add significant classroom space at the heart of our Ogden campus,” said Norm Tarbox, vice president of Administrative Services. “When completed, this new building will be a tremendous resource that will offer more classes than any other facility on campus.”
The new classroom building, which will be located at the heart of the Ogden campus, will house the departments of communication, English, foreign languages, and telecommunication and business education.

“With the opening of Elizabeth Hall, students and faculty in the humanities disciplines will be housed together, after being separated by brick walls in individual buildings for years,” said June Phillips, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. “Elizabeth Hall will provide a facility where students can engage in a free flow of information and ideas that encourages interdisciplinary learning.”

Elizabeth Hall is named in honor of Elizabeth Dee Shaw Stewart, a longtime supporter and benefactor of WSU. Construction of the building is expected to take 18 months to complete, with the new facility slated to open in January 2009, in time for the spring 2009 semester.

Elizabeth Hall Facts & Figures:


$22.95 million from 2007 Legislature

$6 million in private donations

$2 million in planning and design money approved by 2006 Legislature


Architect: MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City 
Builder: Jacobsen Construction


Utah's Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM)

WSU Project Manager: Jim Harris


Building dimensions: three stories tall, 94,300 square feet

Cost of building: $27 million


Other features:

n      31 classrooms with multimedia capabilities

n      Three computer labs, including two for discipline-specific work in technical and media writing and foreign languages

n      83 faculty offices

n      Sandstone art feature alongside south entrance

n      Home to departments of communication, English, foreign languages, and telecommunications and business education

n      More classes offered than any other facility on campus


Energy efficient features: cool (white) roof, high efficiency glazings


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Norm Tarbox, vice president of Administrative Services

(801) 626-6003 ·


June Phillips, dean, College of Arts & Humanities

(801) 626-6424 ·

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 •