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Project Overview

At A Glance

South elevation of the proposed Interdisciplinary Science Center

West elevation of the proposed Interdisciplinary Science Center

Project Stats

  • 91% Instruction and Research Space
  • 9% Faculty and Staff Offices
  • Remodeled Space:  40,729 SF
  • New Space:  100,000 SF
  • 56% increase in undergraduate labs
  • Modern experiential teaching space
  • Reduced bottlenecks in high-demand courses

Physics and Astronomy

  • Faculty: 35
  • Undergraduate Majors: 187
  • Graduate Students: 83
  • Students Taught: 4,499

Atmospheric Science

  • Faculty: 11
  • Undergraduate Majors: 32
  • Graduate Students: 34
  • Students Taught: 564
Project Details

Transforming the west entrance of the University of Utah.

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The Stewart School

The history of the Stewart building and school.

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STEM Impact

A Powerful Engine for Science

A Gateway to Knowledge

100% of graduates in Engineering, Medicine, Architecture, and Science take Physics.

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Academic Excellence

International recognition for our students and faculty.

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Student Spotlights

Utah is proud to share the stories of our amazing science students.

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Campus Impact

Campus Impact

Transforming the Science Campus.

• Remodeled space: 40,729 square feet
• New space: 100,000 square feet
• Instruction and research space: 91%
• Faculty and staff offices : 9%
• Increase in undergraduate labs: 56%

Currently the departments of Physics and Astronomy and Atmospheric Sciences 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 South Physics Building and the Fletcher Building house the majority of the Physical Science programs. These buildings are inadequate for modern research and require ongoing and increased operational and maintenance costs, which will continue to escalate. The South Physics Building will likely be used for administrative offices, while portions of the Fletcher Building will likely be demolished.

The approved site is located south of the Crocker Science Center (completed in 2018) and includes a renovation of the 40,729 square-foot Stewart building and 100,000 square feet of new construction. Instruction and research space will consume 91% of the building, with the remaining 9% dedicated to faculty and staff offices.

Southwest view.

Overhead view.

Northwest view.

Cottam’s Gulch

One of the most tranquil spots at the University of Utah.

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Economic Impact

Science Drives the economy 

The economic benefits of this project should not be understated. Science and Mathematics are significant contributors to the economy. An example of this is a 2018 Gardner Policy Institute study which found life sciences companies make significant economic impacts in Utah, indirectly supporting 6.7 percent of the state’s employment, 5.9 percent of its personal income, and 7.9 percent of its gross domestic product. Total economic impacts were 130,439 jobs, $7.6 billion in personal income, and $13.0 billion in GDP. In 2017, the average compensation per employee in the life sciences industry was $86,396.

Programs such as the new Science Research Initiative provide our undergraduate students with the real-world research experience that is so valuable in today’s economy. SRI participants graduate with a huge advantage over their counterparts in other programs.

The U of U is Utah’s number one educator of science students. Every engineer, every nurse and doctor, every scientist and chemist, every bio lab technician and statistician created in this university must first pass through the College of Science in preparation for a STEM-based career. In 2017, 49% of STEM degrees awarded by Utah System of Higher Education institutions were from the University of Utah. The Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program is the only one in the state.

We are creating rare, valuable job skills at the College of Science, and we need to expand this cross-disciplinary science and math education. In short, this new Science Center will revitalize the University of Utah campus, and is vital if Utah is to build its national potential as a leader in science.

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