Applied Science Buildings

Pioneer - One that goes before to remove obstructions and prepare the way for others. We invite you to join our team of pioneers as we blaze a new trail into the future.


Dean Peter Trapa

The world is rarely changed through complacency.

Change requires the focus, tools and mindset to to go forth where none have gone before. These are the qualities of pioneers. We invite you to join our team of pioneers as we blaze a new trail into the future.

This  project will provide new educational and research opportunities for the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Together, the two departments teach more than 5,600 students and house 46 faculty members. New construction-a 40,700 square-foot renovation and 100,000 square-foot addition-is expected to result in a 56 percent increase in capacity for experimental and computer labs. These new spaces will allow the departments to address critical bottlenecks in science and technology degree programs.

The University of Utah is facing record STEM enrollment.  Courses taught in these buildings are necessary for 37 different STEM degree programs and 9 pre-professional programs, including all engineering, pre-medical, and computer science programs

Astronomy Observatory

Current undergraduate lab training is limited by our facilities. Undergraduate training requires classroom laboratory work, which the university is currently unable to offer all students. Research lab placement opportunities are also limited by our current facilities. The two departments occupy space in five locations on campus: the South Physics Building; the James Fletcher Building; the Intermountain Network Scientific Computation Center; and the Center for Cell and Genome Science in the Crocker Science Center. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences is located in the Frederick Albert Sutton Building.

The U is the number one educator of science students among Utah System of Higher Education institutions . Every engineer, every nurse and doctor, every scientist and chemist, every bio lab technician and statistician created at the U must first pass through the College of Science in preparation for a STEM-based career. The University of Utah awarded 52% of all STEM degrees and 75% of STEM graduate degrees systemwide in 2020. The Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program is the only one in the state.

The median annual wage for these careers is high . Eg Physicist: $129,850, Astronomer: $119,730, and Atmospheric Scientist: $99,740.

The full impact of this project will not be felt until years in the future. The facility will change the university in fundamental ways, dramatically improving the learning experience for more than 5,600 students per year. The knowledge these students gain will drive the discoveries of tomorrow. These students are the scientists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, and medical professionals of the future. With our help, some will become the next generation of pioneers.

The project will transform the west entrance of the university, creating a core gathering space in the heart of the west campus that will facilitate connection and interdisciplinary collaboration between the sciences. Areas for outdoor classes, gatherings, and events, connect the academic buildings that frame its edges.

If you would like to make a donation in support of the Applied Science Buildings please contact Jeff Martin at 801-581-4852 or email


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