Overview of the Project
Construction on the new Applied Sciences facility began October 2022. The project will restore and renovate the historic William Stewart building and construct an addition to the building on the west side, adjacent to University Street.
This project is important to the University and will provide new and updated space to serve the University of Utah’s educational and research mission. It will serve as the new home for the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences, focusing on aerospace, semiconductor technology, biotechnology, data science, hazardous weather forecasting, and air quality. Together, the two departments teach more than 5,600 students. See why the University of Utah College of Science is so excited about launching this project: New Applied Sciences Building Video.
New construction will provide a 56 percent increase in experimental and computer lab capacity. There will be 40,700 square feet of renovated space in the historic Stewart Building and a 100,00 square foot new addition.
The project will preserve and restore the historic character of the William Stewart Building while introducing a modern yet complementary design for the new addition. The new building’s exterior finishes will resemble the latest addition to the Crocker Science building next door.
Tree protection plans are in place, and the project team has taken steps to ensure the safety and preservation of Cottams’s Gulch, which will remain open and accessible during construction. In addition, the project team is working with Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theater leadership to ensure construction does not affect theater activities.
What to expect/construction impacts
- Project construction timeline: October 2022 – August 2024
- The existing historic rock wall near the University Street sidewalk has been dismantled and marked and will be stored for the duration of construction; crews will restore the wall when construction nears completion
- Construction traffic will enter and exit via University Street
- Full-time road flaggers will be in place to assist with traffic safety and flow