Southern Utah State's College Cabin in Cedar Canyon is undergoing a major expansion that will make it truly "liveable" for the first time in the many decades of its existence.

A two-story addition is being added to the existing cabin and should be complete by the beginning of summer, according to Phillip C. Carter, associate provost for academic programs.The new wing will have a dining area with a vaulted ceiling, a complete food preparation, serving and storage area and full restroom facilities with showers on the ground floor. The upstairs level will have four guest rooms, giving the new wing over 3,000 square feet of floor space.

Jerry Lawrence, special instructor of technology for SUSC's industrial education department, designed the new wing together with Carter, and funding has come through donations and self-support programs. The work is being done through summer school workshops and division of vocational/technical education trade programs.

Over $30,000 has already gone into developing a spring for culinary water and adding septic facilities. The improvements are giving the College Cabin a year-round capability for handling any type of function. In the past, dinner at the cabin had to be a barbecue or Dutch oven meal if cooked on site. Otherwise, the meal would have to be brought in from Cedar City.

However, the work is only part of a larger master plan that will make the area essentially a "mountain campus," an important extension of the main campus, by the end of summer 1992. There will be three pavilions for various activities, as well as an art pavilion, an amphitheater with stage, a caretaker's cottage, horseshoe pits, possibly a tennis court, a volleyball area, landscaping, picnic areas and trails.

The mountain facility will fill a variety of functions, including recreation, festivals, field classes, Elderhostel programs and workshops. Even the buildings themselves will be a type of classroom, Carter explained. A variety of architectural styles are being used, and will include examples of log veneers and natural wood paneling.

The buildings will provide physical examples of recreational construction that is harmonious with a mountain setting that students in trade programs can study.

The Division of Continuing Education will be one of the heaviest single users of the facility, and its use will tie in with the Academic Service Center, currently being created by remodeling the old Student Center.

"The Academic Service Center should be up and running by the time the College Cabin master plan is complete and the two facilities should complement each other dramatically," Carter said. "We'll be in the university conference business."