Nearly 800 more students will soon be able to call the U home. A new 755-bed multidisciplinary living-learning building in the middle of campus will provide housing for students along with being the headquarters of two co-located centers—the Sorenson Impact Center and the Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity. Currently dubbed the Impact and Prosperity Epicenter, the project has received gifts of $10 million each from donors Jim Sorenson BS’75 and Bob (BA’76) and Lynette Gay, as well as approval for nearly $120 million in bonding authority from Utah lawmakers in 2021 and 2022.
Developing additional student housing is essential to making the U a destination campus, says President Taylor Randall HBA’90. “Demand for on-campus housing is growing, but we want to ensure our students have more than just a place to live,” says Randall. “We want to create a living-learning community where students can engage with the transformational work of these centers, gain valuable experience, and use that experience to change the world around them. The Epicenter incorporates all elements of our vision to inspire, innovate, and impact.”
It will provide housing—in individual room and apartment configurations—for an international population of students participating in the centers’ programs. Residents will range from undergraduate students to graduate students to leaders of NGOs who will come to the building for training. Located near the Eccles Student Life Center, this housing and educational concept was developed based on the Lassonde Studios—the U’s highly successful living-learning facility with an entrepreneurial focus.