This archived article was written by: Karli Morris
With $75,000 provided by the legislature, Bob Eaton of Eaton Architecture, designed the proposed USU Eastern Central Instructional Building. He met with a campus committee to discuss his building plan. Eaton said, “This project will achieve two purposes: improve quality and efficiency. While facilities at large institutions often house a single academic department (an “education building” or a “business building”), facilities at campuses such as USU Eastern are either very small or are designed to meet multiple purpose.
“In the past, two multipurpose projects at the Price campus allowed the college to relocate approximately two-thirds of the academic programs from small and inefficient facilities into larger and modern multipurpose buildings. Currently one-third of the college’s programs continue operation in scattered and inadequate facilities. This project will bring those programs (criminal justice, communication, theater, music and art) into a modern and efficient multipurpose facility, improve quality, and allow greater efficiency.”
The new building will be 53,650 square feet on two floors.
Remodeling for the basement of the Geary Theater will cost $650 thousand and almost $765 thousand will be put towards updating the building seismically.
These are still the pre-planning stages of process and there is still a lot of work to be put into it. Eaton said that this is just the beginning of a long process and if the stars align, plans and building should move forward.