UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | April 15, 2024

From extra storage to a tiered amphitheater, here’s what you can expect from CVS III

Catch a glimpse of the current construction of Campus View Suites III, where cutting-edge amenities and thoughtful designs are shaping up to cater to students’ needs. From an amphitheater to innovative study spaces, the housing project promises a vibrant and student-centric living experience, with anticipated completion being in July 2024. Abigail Byington | Sun News Daily

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Campus View Suites III will have a similar outlook appearance to its predecessors, but the 5-story building holding 564 beds has key differences.

Additional storage will be found near the bathrooms as well as extra cabinetry in each kitchen area in the dorms. There will also be re-designed community spaces. 

Unlike CVI and CVII, the community areas will split up the floor kitchens, lounges and games rooms into separate areas. 

Seth Gubler, director of housing and resident life, said, “Student feedback recommended that we separate the kitchens, lounges and game rooms so that students could enjoy each space without feeling like they are encroaching on other students using the multi-use area at the same time.”

These will be individual spaces, while also being accessible from room to room. Students will be able to move from the laundry room, to the kitchen and to the lounge consecutively. The two game rooms will be separate spaces from the other lounge areas. 

Student feedback also suggested more study spaces, so each floor will have a study room for individuals or groups. Floors 2-5 will have study nooks in the northeast corners that will have individual cubbies and soft seating. Also in the northeast corner, students will see the Pine Valley Mountain view. 

The outside courtyard will feature the following:

  • putting greens
  • hammock spaces 
  • barbecue grills 
  • charging stations for e-bikes and scooters 
  • mounted speakers for outdoor mobile AV equipment
  • tiered amphitheater 

The grocery store will also be located on the first floor of CVIII. Prices will be similar to the prices of Lin’s and Harmons through Associated Foods distribution. 

Many university organizations and individuals came together to contribute ideas for these amenities. The university’s architect and contractor, housing, facilities management, dining and students’ input contributed thoughts about the amenities in CVIII. Live-in resident life staff also received input from students living in CVI and CVII. 

Another feature CVIII will have is the Women in Business living-learning community. The housing and resident life departments have attempted to implement more LLCs over the course of several years. 

Currently, Utah Tech housing has honors, LGBTQIA+, student involvement and nursing living-learning communities.

“These special interest living communities are most successful when there’s an interested partner involved,” Gubler said. “With students suggesting we provide more study spaces, we thought adding an academic LLC would make the most sense.”

Gubler met with the provost and various deans to discuss multiple LLC ideas. Linda Yu, College of Business dean, reached out with interest in creating the Women in Business LLC. 

“After meeting with her and talking through several concepts, there was mutual interest in moving forward,” Gubler said. “Housing staff will partner with the College of Business faculty to provide meaningful activities and interactions relevant to the business environment for the students living in that community.”

The fall semester of the Women in Business LLC will focus on creating goals as students learn about the business field as well as personal interests. Spring semester will be mapping out plans of action for the goal creation process. This LLC is only accepting the first 18-24 students who show interest in housing applications.

When CVIII is complete, there will be 1,450 students living in all three Campus View Suites buildings. 

Jon Gibb, director of facilities planning and construction, said, “With the parking lot complete at the old WEDU and a future parking lot planned this summer north of [the] SET, we do not have any parking concerns.”

Gibb said construction is scheduled to be completed June 30, and furniture will be installed in July. Students will start moving in during August when the fall semester begins.

Paul Morris, vice president of administrative affairs, said around 60% of all campus housing has already been reserved for the next school year. To apply for on-campus housing, visit Utah Tech’s housing website.

Gubler said, “It will be an exciting location, close to classes, with lots of social opportunities and academic support to complement the student experience at Utah Tech.”