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Utah State University officials will break ground on the new Brigham City campus building next week, the first step in the creation of a facility designed to add classroom and study space, as well as provide a needed upgrade.

The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the new campus site, 989 S. Main St. Members of the community are welcome.

“We are very excited to have this new building on our new campus site becoming a reality,” said USU-Brigham City Dean Tom Lee in a prepared statement. “So many people have worked hard to move this project to this point. We are indebted to the great support of the community, the university and our state Legislature to make this a reality.”

The groundbreaking comes after the Legislature approved $7.5 million for the building earlier this year — the final chunk of change needed for construction to begin. Brigham City agreed to bond the other half of the cost for the $15 million facility.

USU officials wanted to break ground for the new Brigham City campus in June, but that was rescheduled to allow the city to apply for low-interest funding so it could meet its obligations to pay for half of the project.

The USU Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents, Utah’s higher education governing board, approved the idea for a new Brigham City campus building in 2010. USU-Brigham City is currently located on 1100 South in a strip mall next to the city’s branch of Bridgerland Applied Technology College.

That BATC campus will also expand by moving into USU’s former space at 1100 South when USU moves into the new building in the fall of 2015. USU’s new campus is the location of the former Intermountain Indian School. USU and BATC will have shared facilities in part of the 1100 South complex for new programs in robotics, composites and other technology training programs.

The Brigham City campus mainly draws students from Box Elder, Weber and Davis counties, Lee said. It also serves Aggies from the Logan campus when class offerings better fit their schedules or when the Brigham City campus is offering a course that’s not available for a semester in Logan.


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