UVU To Break Ground On New Student Life And Wellness Building And Parking Structure
June 14, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Matt Reichman (801) 863-6808
On Monday Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland and the UVU campus community will break ground for the construction of the new Student Life and Wellness Building and Parking Structure, a pair of facilities that together will add 323,494 square feet of much-needed space to the heart of UVU’s Orem campus.
The Student Life and Wellness Building will house a host of student-oriented educational and wellness resources, while the Parking Structure will provide six levels of parking stalls.
“This structure will provide an anchor point for students on what is traditionally considered to be a commuter campus,” UVU President Matthew S. Holland said of the new student facility. “Research shows that the more students are engaged with campus life, the more likely they are to reach their educational goals. It will be yet another symbol of UVU’s commitment to student success.”
The two structures will be built side-by-side, adjacent to the north end of the Sorensen Student Center. The groundbreaking ceremony, which begins at 11:30 a.m., marks a new era for “creating a holistic university experience for students at UVU,” said Cory Duckworth, UVU vice president of student affairs.
“We want to provide a collegiate atmosphere that students can have as their own,” said Bob Rasmussen, associate vice president of student life and dean of students. “This building is part of UVU’s program to retain students until they complete their degrees, build school spirit and enhance our existing alumni base.”
The four-story Student Life and Wellness Building will include fitness areas and study and reflection rooms. It will also house new Student Life offices and the Wellness center.
“It’s going to be stunning,” said Rasmussen. The fact that it’s highly accessible, especially for those with gaps in their schedules, will create an immediate daily draw of 3,000 to 5,000 students, he said.
“We wanted to create a destination that was more engaging for students to take care of their life needs, such as staying fit, releasing stress or connecting with other students socially,” Duckworth said.
The Parking Structure, set to open in July 2013, will be built in conjunction with the Student Life and Wellness Building, which is set for completion in December 2013. The two buildings will be connected by an elevated and enclosed walkway. Though the project will displace the current student center visitor lot, the parking structure’s 456 new stalls will more than make up for it, Duckworth said.
GSBS Architects, based in Salt Lake City and Fort Worth, Texas, teamed up with Niagara Falls, New York-based Cannon Design for the architectural design of the structures. Salt Lake City-based Jacobsen Construction will serve as contractor.
The groundbreaking ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place at the build site by the Sorensen Student Center visitor lot. Visitors should note that UVU is currently undergoing a number of construction projects that may obstruct their accustomed routes to campus. They should review the following directions to the ceremony:
From Orem Center Street, head south at 1200 West; at the north of campus, take a left at College Drive, which wraps around the Library to your east and continues to the SC lot.
From University Parkway, head north on 400 West (UVU’s main entrance on Sandhill Road is currently partially closed); head northwest off the 400 West roundabout toward Wolverine Way; take a right on Campus Drive, which weaves down to the SC lot.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.