Thanks to the generosity of donors, Utah Valley University broke ground on two vital additions to the campus this summer. Now you can watch the construction progress on these buildings from your computer screen. Two webcams are capturing all the action. Watch for the image to refresh every five seconds. The Cole Nellesen Building next to the McKay Education Building will be the center of UVU’s autism initiatives. The NUVI Basketball Center will provide crucial practice and training space for UVU basketball.
In the Cole Nellesen Building, the University and the community will come together for education and support related to autism spectrum disorder. The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, which will be housed in the new building, aims to become a regional hub. It will provide the best services to individuals on the autism spectrum and the best training to the professionals who can help individuals with autism.
“This is such a great moment on this campus. It is such an exciting time to be a part of Utah Valley University,” said President Matthew S. Holland during the groundbreaking. “There is no reason in the world why we shouldn’t be the national — if not global — leader in how to deal with autism.”
The Cole Nellesen Building is being funded entirely through gifts.
Top donors include
The NUVI Basketball Center is going up just south of the UCCU Center. It will provide 8,000 square feet of court space for practice. There will also be a strength and conditioning facility and office space for men’s and women’s basketball. The needed space will improve UVU’s competitiveness in NCAA Division I play and will strengthen UVU’s recruiting efforts.
“This facility allows us to take our program to the next level,” said UVU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope. “Chasing WAC championships and NCAA tournament bids is not a two-hour-a-day project. Such lofty goals will require that we have 24/7 players in a 24/7 program. It’s an exciting time for UVU basketball.”
A cornerstone gift from NUVI Executive Chair Keith Nellesen launched fundraising efforts for the basketball center.
Other major contributors include