The swelling student population at Utah Valley Community College is getting more space in which to be, well, students.
College officials plan to expand and remodel the school's Student Center at a cost of nearly $5.5 million. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer, said Dick Chappell, vice president for administration and institutional advancement.The 45,780-square-foot addition will double the size of the cafeteria and expand the bookstore.
In addition, the plan calls for an 476-seat auditorium along with new student government offices and several conference rooms.
Chappell said the expansion is needed to keep up with student growth.
Current enrollment is about 8,200. In 1984, the last time an addition was made to the Student Center, the school had about 5,000 students, Chappell said.
The expansion will be funded using about $1.1 million in student building fees and profits from the bookstore and cafeteria, and a $4.4 million revenue bond. The UVCC Institutional Council approved moving ahead on issuing the last week.UVCC budget director Doug Warner said the project will exhaust the building reserve fund. The fund has been built up over the years due to "increased student enrollment," he said. "You wouldn't get that building without it," Warner said.
Chappell said student fees were increased $3 in 1986 in anticipation of the expansion. He said he does not expect another increase at this time.
Students currently pay $336 in fees per academic year, $105 of which is earmarked for the building fund.
Before the college can issue the bond, the Legislature must authorize it. Warner said the request has been sent through the State Board of Regents in bill form for the Legislature's consideration.
Construction bids will probably go out in about 30 days, Chappell said, and he expects construction to begin two months after that.
The college will pay off the bonds at an annual rate of $420,000 a year for the next 20 years using revenue generated by the facility.