A New Smart Engineering Building

The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) has outgrown its current facilities. As of fall 2019, CET has 4,970 students with approximately half of the students pursuing degrees in civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The number of students pursuing these degrees continue to grow and we are in desperate need for a new building to accommodate this growth. We envision our students , faculty, industry and government partners collaborating in a modern, well-equipped, interactive environment to train new generation of engineers and computer scientists, who are prepared to make immediate positive impact.

Students in the UVU College of Engineering and Technology are currently educated in the Computer Science Building, which was completed in 2001 when the university had about 20,000 students enrolled. Today UVU has over 40,000 students, and is projected to have more than 55,000 by 2028.

The new building will provide

  • Enhanced, collaborative learning environments using modular and flexible furnishings and spaces to accommodate emerging technologies
  • Experiential educational spaces and program-specific classrooms and labs that allow for hands-on learning experiences
  • Manufacturing facilities with designing, testing, and fabrication capabilities

 

A True Experiential Facility

Smart Sensors

The building will be equipped with smart sensors to monitor structural loading, heat gain and heat loss, and vital internal and external environmental factors. It will use virtual and augmented reality to educate students and visitors about cybersecurity, structural design, building heating and cooling needs, human thermal comfort, indoor and outdoor air quality, water and energy consumption and waste, and sustainability. Also, temporal data collected will be used as a part of an AI system to make the building more responsive to the environmental factors and the occupants needs for maximum efficiency. Lessons learned through AI can also be used to design better future buildings.

Interactive Environments

In comfortable community spaces, students will develop a sense of ownership, forge collaborative learning, study, and participate in college and government and industry sponsored events.

Creative and Entrepreneurial Support Spaces

Dedicated spaces for student capstone projects and design studios will enhance student learning.

Industry and Community Interaction Spaces

These dedicated spaces will allow for collaborative activities with industry, K-12 schools, government, and other members of the community.

Estimated total building cost:

$88 million

“The new engineering facility on UVU’s campus will provide a sustainable, state-of-the-art learning environment and experiential infrastructure. It will meet the increasing demand for engineers who are innovative, highly capable leaders, and skilled practitioners in their respective fields.”
—SAEED MOAVENI, DEAN