UVU Breaks Ground On State-Approved Classroom Building
June 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Mike Rigert
Utah Valley University President Matthew S. Holland and the UVU campus community broke ground on Friday for the construction of the new $54 million Classroom Building that received state approval at the close of the Utah Legislature’s 2013 general session. The facility will deliver much-needed physical learning space for students and faculty at space-strapped UVU, which is projected to comprise a total headcount of more than 46,000 students by 2022 and become the largest public institution of higher learning in the state.
“Several people have asked me how important the Classroom Building is. I’ve responded that it’s not important, it’s absolutely essential to carrying out our mission here at UVU,” President Holland said at the event. “This is a sea change in what the University has been able to accomplish.”
Holland thanked the Utah Legislature its support for the facility, and Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, in particular, for leading that charge and making the Classroom Building a high priority.
The Classroom Building will provide 244,000 additional square feet of study and learning spaces, including more than 3,000 classroom seats per hour. The facility will feature 34 classrooms ranging in size from 40 to 330 seats and a 1,000-seat auditorium. It will also house group study facilities and faculty spaces.
Legislators approved design and planning funding for the UVU Classroom Building in 2012, and the project was one of the state’s principal shovel-ready building projects heading into the 2013 legislative general session. The building’s design is by architect firms CRSA Architecture and Method Studio. The general contractor for the project is Big-D Construction.
Student headcount has increased by more than 7,000 students over the past six years putting classroom space at UVU, one of the largest institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education, at a premium. UVU currently has the fewest square feet per student of all USHE institutions. A recent independent study commissioned by the Utah Board of Regents found that UVU currently has a USHE-low 56 assignable square feet per FTE, or Full-Time Student Equivalent. The study also indicated that UVU would need a minimum of 757,000 additional assigned square feet by 2020 to accommodate growth.
It is anticipated that the Classroom Building will be completed by December 2014.