On August 10, 2018, Wasatch Academy began construction for it’s newest addition to the expansive campus: a specialized building to house the ever-growing engineering department. Until now the engineering students have been scattered throughout the campus, having no space to call their own. Many student projects were restricted by the cramped classrooms as well as lacking the proper tools to truly stretch their minds. This past year Wasatch Academy bought two buildings adjacent to the Studio Arts Building in hopes of transforming them into a hub for creativity and innovation. Unfortunately, the buildings were not structurally sound and could not be salvaged. Therefore, the plan is to start new and build from the ground up.
According to Mr. Loftin, Head of School, the building will feature two large rooms, one will be a workshop, where much of the physical experimentation and creation process will take place, and the other will be a studio meant for more intricate adjustments and group discussions. These spaces will allow students to explore deeper into the sciences of robotics and engineering while being guided by experienced teachers. Larger projects, such as student-made solar heaters, will now be able to be stored whereas in past years they often had to be disassembled so other classes could share the same space.
The new building plays directly into Wasatch Academy’s values about the preservation of our environment. Natural ventilation and light will be key features of the space, aiming to continue the school’s goal of reducing their ecological footprint. Specialized equipment such as 3D printers, heavy workshop machinery, and laser cutters will be available for student use during the multiple classes offered in the building. The separation from the main campus buildings will also help with noise reduction and resulting distraction to other classes taking place at the same time. The estimated date of completion for the Engineering Building is late May 2019.
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