Campus Renovations

University of Utah to Expand Applied Sciences Building

The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, is set to begin construction on renovations and additions to its applied sciences building. Work will start in early October and consist of renovating 40,000 square feet inside the William Stewart Building for Applied Sciences, as well as building a 100,000-square-foot addition on the building’s west side.

The building will play home to the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences, according to a news release, uniting students and faculty of aerospace, biotechnology, semiconductor technology, data science, air quality, and hazardous weather forecasting under one roof.

A news release reports that the new facility will offer a 56-percent increase in space for experimental and computer labs. The project comes with a price tag of about $84.6 million; of that, $60 million has been requested from the state, and the remainder will come from private funding. The university has already received donor commitments totaling $11 million.

One major impetus of the historic building’s renovation is the rising cost of maintenance issues, according to the university website. “[Maintenance] costs will only escalate and still barely stay ahead of their failing systems. The current state of these aging facilities and failing infrastructure places them in immediate crisis,” according to a 2018 Feasibility Study.

The university is partnering with DFCM Construction on the building’s construction. The new facility is scheduled to open its doors to students in August 2024.

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