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Public Invited to Master Plan Open House

2 August 2010 3 Comments

August 2, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Jim Michaelis (801) 863-8996
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6351

Utah Valley University is revamping its master building plan, and as part of the process, is seeking input from the community. Residents, students, and any interested parties can review and respond to the plan at the master plan open house, Aug. 12, from 6-8 p.m. in room 206 of the Sorensen Student Center.

The current campus master plan was adopted in 2005. Since then, enrollment has risen, the institution gained university status and there have been several updates to the plan. The current plan includes specific campus needs including: the new science building, a new student and wellness building, a performing arts facility, a new business entryway, relocation of the field house, a link to 800 South and the interchange, new parking structures, new property at Thanksgiving Point, proposed Geneva Steel property and a new building resource center.

“This is our plan for the future for buildings on campus, parking on campus – it’s the master plan for all physical facilities on campus,” said Jim Michaelis, associate vice president of UVU facilities. “This is mainly for residents in the area, but the community also has the opportunity to see where we’re headed and what our plans are.”

At the open house, “residents will be able to look and comment on anything they might see in the plan, as neighbors to the institution,” said Val Peterson, UVU vice president for administration and legislative affairs. “It’s how we keep a good working relationship with the neighborhood.”
The new science building for the space-strapped institution could be completed as early as spring 2012. UVU’s master plan does not stop there, but takes a wide view of the future needs of students and community.

“The next one we’ll ask the state for permission to construct is the Life and Wellness Building with an adjacent parking structure,” said Peterson. The programming and design process for this building will start this fall. Once through that process, UVU will seek to fund a business building or performing arts building, depending on which one receives donor support.

The University plans to fund the purchase of the Geneva Steel site through internal sources and a loan from the UVU foundation, Peterson said. That property would then start its service to the institution as intramural fields.

“This plan gives us a general sense of where we need to go to manage the flow of student growth. We want to have an environment where they want to be here,” said Peterson.

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