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Wildcat Village, a 172,150-square-foot student-housing project at Weber State University, opened Stewart Wasatch Hall, the second of three buildings, Tuesday afternoon.
“This is a great day for Weber State University. We have the opportunity to celebrate the opening of Stewart Wasatch Hall. As you can see, this is all part of our plan for wildcat village. Last August we opened building number one, this August we are opening Stewart Wasatch Hall, building number two, and this is really the center piece, it’s the core building for wildcat village,” said Dr. Ann Millner, Weber State University president.
Replacing Promontory Tower, LaSal, Wasatch and Stansbury halls in Wildcat Village will house more than 500 students. The replacement housing halls will each be three stories. Hall 1 is 48,400 square feet, Stewart Wasatch Hall is 88,480 square feet and Hall 3 will be 25,270 square feet.
The new village will have a courtyard with a sand volleyball court, barbecue grills and a fire pit; activity lounges with billiards, shuffleboard and big screen TVs; laundry rooms with web-access notification of availability; energy-usage monitors; on-site lectures; tutoring and other student-support services; Food On Demand campus dining; and a recreational facility with cardio equipment and resistance machines.
“In the past two years, we’ve had great demand from students who want to live in the WSU residential halls,” said Brett Perozzi, associate vice president for Student Affairs. “Dorms that were built in the 1960s don’t provide the strong learning environment required at a modern university. In our new housing complex, we have carefully crafted the design elements to ensure the long and useful life span of Wildcat Village. These buildings will serve students for the next 50 years.”
WSU is building all three halls in the village to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification candidates. The sustainable effort includes installing solar panels.
“Wildcat Village is one of those transformative projects for Weber State University, because not only is it a center piece for living and learning on this campus, but it will provide the opportunity for those students who are in here to really get involved in campus activities,” said Millner. “And as those students are more engaged, they will engage other students who live around the campus and students who are still commuting to campus.”