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The Mountainland Applied Technology Center will be the first building on the new West Campus of Utah Valley State College.

Groundbreaking for the 50,000-square-foot facility is scheduled in September, according to Gil Cook, college relations vice president. Completion of the $5 million structure is expected by March 1998.The West Campus comprises 25 acres west of I-15 directly across from the main campus. Lynn Brough, UVSC's director of planning described the two-level building as pleasant looking and consistent with UVSC's master plan. It will match the buildings on the main campus.

Brough said the project should go to bid by late August. He said final plans are now being reviewed.

"We're absolutely delighted," said Royanne Boyer, dean of the technology center. The new facility will allow the center to provide new services, she said. Now housed at the old Provo campus on University Avenue, the center offers rapid short-term training for business and industry. It also offers specialized training for high school students and adults.

Funding for the new center is coming from the sale of the Provo campus to Brigham Young University and from state funds.

The West Campus center will be accessed from Geneva Road. UVSC bought three homes on Geneva Road that will be razed or removed later this year, allowing the campus to extend to the road. The new building will go up behind the location of the homes. Campus rodeo grounds that now occupy the site will be moved to another part of the acreage.

The building will be equipped with the latest in technology and will be able to be retrofitted within 48 hours to provide training for specialized industries, Boyer said. She said it will provide training in the most economical way possible.

Boyer said the building is the result of a long-time collaboration between secondary and higher education in Utah County. It will have an area that will be used specifically for high school students during regular school hours. That area will be used by adults later in the day or evening. It will be equipped with technologically advanced equipment that the 17 high schools the center serves wouldn't want to duplicate, she said.

Course credit is offered only to high school students through the schools they attend. Other courses are non-credit and are for job enhancement or training.

The new center will have three entrances - one for high school students, one for adults and one for business and industry. It will include a dining room and a quick training facility for people in the food services industry.

The architecture firm that designed the building is FFKR in Salt Lake City.

Other Mountainland Applied Technology Centers are in Heber City, Park City and American Fork.