New building to house UPR, broadcast USU lectures

Plans are underway to build a new state-of-the-art distance education facility on campus, a hub for professors to broadcast their classes to campuses throughout the state. Ben Berrett, director of planning, design and construction, said initial plans for the 38,700 square-foot building began about five months ago and are progressing nicely. “We plan on breaking ground early spring next year,” Berrett said. “Probably around March or April, and there should be about a year of construction.” The completion date in spring of 2012 is still tentative, though, due to weather conditions and contractors, he said. There will also be additional time required once the building is completed to move in the electronics needed for housing distance education. Berret said the building will be located where the old dome-shaped Quonset hut is now, on the corner of 700 North and 1200 East, across from Aggie Ice Cream. The building will be 2-3 stories with 8-12 classrooms. “All of the classrooms will be set up for what is called an origination classroom,” he said. “That means the professor will be in Logan and it will be broadcasted out across the state.”

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