OGDEN, Utah – The grand opening of Weber State University Davis Campus will be held August 21 at 5 p.m. at the new facility located at 2750 No. University Park Blvd., Layton, Utah.
Activities will include the lighting of "the flame of knowledge" at the new facility, remarks by WSU president F. Ann Millner, Utah House Speaker Marty Stephens and Chairman of the Board of Regents Nolan Karras, and a ribbon cutting. Tours of the building will be offered along with refreshments. All events are free to the public.
The day's festivities also include a torch relay. Members of the community will carry "the flame of knowledge" from the WSU Ogden campus to the new facility, making their way through the streets of Davis County. The relay will culminate with the lighting of a cauldron at the Davis Campus at approximately 5 p.m.
"The inspiration for the torch relay came from the 'flaming w' in our logo, which represents the torch of enlightenment and symbolizes our emphasis on teaching and learning," said Millner. "The journey of the torch signifies the unity of the two Weber State University campuses."
"We want everyone to join us at the grand opening and discover this new community resource," said Bruce Davis, director of WSU Davis Campus. "This building combines state-of-the-art classroom technology with Weber State's commitment to providing a personalized education for students."
The three-story, 106,000 square-foot structure features 31 classrooms (21 traditional and 10 computer classrooms), a science lecture hall with chemistry and physics laboratories, an information commons area with 70 computer workstations for students, and two 100-seat lecture halls. The building also holds 39 faculty offices.
The new facility will offer students a full-service university bookstore, on-site enrollment services, academic advisement, tutoring, career services, financial aid offices, and counseling services.
Designed by MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City and built by Jacobsen Construction, Utah's Division of Facilities Construction and Management oversaw the project. Ground was broken for the $22.5 million building in April 2002.
Davis credits Davis County civic leaders and state lawmakers for having the vision to see the need for the new Davis Campus and working together to get it built.
"A third of the university's enrollment comes from Davis County, so it made a lot of sense to provide students greater access to higher-education opportunities where they live and work."
According to Davis, long-term projections predict the county's population center will continue to push north and west, making the Layton location ideal for current and future demand.
WSU's master plan for the Davis Campus envisions 10 buildings to be built on the 105-acre campus as future demand arises.
"In many ways the grand opening celebrates not only this new building, but WSU's ongoing commitment to serving the needs of Davis County residents," Millner said.
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