LAYTON — Weber State broke ground for a new computer and automotive engineering building on the Davis campus Wednesday.

The building will house computer science and software engineering courses, as well as the automotive technology program, according to a university press release.

Tammy Dee Platero, a software engineer who graduated in computer science from Weber State, spoke at the groundbreaking.

She described her decision to transition from a less fulfilling job to working as the program coordinator for the Center for Technology Outreach at Weber State while also pursuing a degree in computer science.

“Computer science is difficult,” Platero said. “I really had no idea what I was in for. I have many faculty to thank, tutors, and other students in my major for creating an environment where success is achievable. I’ve never been afraid to ask questions or reach out to a professor. I know exactly who I need to speak to for resources. No one cares that I’m a non traditional student!”

The new 50,000-square-foot building was designed by GSBS Architects and will be built by R&O Construction. It’s expected to cost $20 million.

“We have an innovative, exciting space planned that will increase our capacity to educate students and support Utah’s workforce,” said David Ferro, dean of Weber State’s College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology (EAST), in the press release.

As part of the project, the Davis campus will get a new entrance from State Route 193.

According to the press release, the building is expected to be finished in the summer of 2020.

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