OGDEN — Weber State University has been given $50 million from the state for a new technology building.
The Utah State Legislature approved the appropriation during the final days of the 2019 session.
The Noorda Building for Engineering, Applied Science & Technology will “accommodate the rapid growth in computer science and technology programs at Weber State,” according to a press release from WSU. The 143,000-square-foot building will replace the Technical Education Building, which was built in 1957.
“We appreciate the commitment of our legislators and donors to invest in modern education facilities as we prepare growing numbers of students in high tech careers,” Weber State president Brad Mortensen said in the release.
The building will house electrical, mechanical and systems engineering, computer science, professional sales departments and engineering technology. Four centers will also be housed in the building: The Concept Center, the Center for Technology Outreach, the National Center for Automotive Science & Technology and the Alan E. Hall Center for Sales Excellence.
The Northern Utah Academy for Math, Engineering & Science high school will get an additional $7.5 million to operate the charter school in the building, the release said.
VCBO Architecture is designing the building while, Big-D is in charge of construction, which is expected to start in spring 2020. The Noorda Building is expected to be completed in 2022.
“This new facility will reflect Weber State’s commitment to the STEM fields and provide a space dedicated to current and future technology education,” project manager Travis Hogge said in the release.
The remaining money from a 2016 donation from the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation will help fund the building’s construction.