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New WSU Davis building opening today
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THE NEW Weber State University Davis campus.                                                  Photo by Tom Busselberg | Davis Clipper
THE NEW Weber State University Davis campus. Photo by Tom Busselberg | Davis Clipper
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Associate Editor

LAYTON —  The newest building on the Weber State University Davis campus will be opened to the public Thursday, Aug. 29, 5 to 7 p.m.

There will be a short program followed by a ribbon cutting, reception and tours.

The building is on the Layton campus at 2750 University Park Boulevard.

This facility will contain not only classrooms and laboratories, but also a small student union and physical fitness area –something students have said they wanted for many years.

The new 120,000 square-foot building will relieve pressure on the only other classroom building on the campus. As enrollment has consistently exceeded 3,000 students, space has been tight, especially in the evenings.

Attendance includes many from nearby Hill AFB who complete evening classes there.

 Even conference rooms have been turned into small classrooms.

Seventeen full degrees and certificates will be offered at WSU Davis, in the associate, bachelor’s and master’s level.

The interior design and construction management programs will be housed at WSU Davis. Nursing and engineering technology will have expanded classroom and laboratory space for more students and Hill AFB employees.

“This is an exciting day, and a long time coming,” said Chris Rivera, associate dean of WSU Davis.

Classes were first offered in Davis County in the late 1970s in a variety of rented facilities. A search committee made up of county residents, legislators and university officials led to eventual purchase of 106 acres.

A master plan calls for development of a campus over up to 50 years that will house 15,000 students, Rivera said.

“I think all the students are really going to appreciate being listened to as far as what they needed in this new building, and they are all going to enjoy it,” said Alexis Marquez,  WSU Davis student senator.

Rodney Cluff, a 2000 graduate, was among the first graduates of WSU’s Parson Construction Management Technology program.

As a project manager for Big D Construction, general contractor on the project, he helped oversee every aspect of the building’s construction, the press release said.

“I wouldn’t be a project manager without the degree I have,” Cluff said. “I think having that practical experience with my degree helped me advance in my career better and faster.”

The Construction Management Technology program will be housed in the new building.

editor@utahislander.com
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