Contact: Greg Dart
Snow College Spokesman
EPHRAIM - Students, faculty and community members gathered today on the Snow College campus to take part in the groundbreaking for the new Karen H. Huntsman Library.
The ceremony came after years spent securing the necessary funding, building widespread support and selecting a contractor for the addition to the campus.
Construction will begin immediately with the estimated completion in August 2010.
The four-story building improves on the current library, and according to architect Alan Roberts will be “not just a collection of books.” In addition to literature, the library will also represent the best of modern technology.
The library will be built in the same style as the Noyes Administration Building, sitting directly to the south of its architectural sister.
It was actually this scene that former President Mike Benson envisioned several years ago. Looking out from Snow College Vice President Rick Wheeler’s office window, the idea came for them to start plans for a new library directly across from where they were standing.
But bringing the idea to fruition was not easy. Years of lobbying and negotiation finally culminated in the state appropriation for the library, as well as a $2 million naming gift from the Huntsman family. Benson, who was a significant factor in securing the necessary funds for the building, expressed his opinion that the groundbreaking was an “extremely gratifying moment” for him.
“It is our chance now to grow into this new building,” he said.
Snow President Scott Wyatt shared his belief during the groundbreaking that the new addition to the campus will be a hallmark of the college for years to come.
“When this building comes up out of the ground,” Wyatt said, “we will be reminded that the education going on at this institution is still growing.”
Wyatt was also confident that the 120-year-old school, the oldest two-year college west of the Mississippi, “will be around for the next 120 years, and the next, and the next.”
Another part of the grand vision is also underway. People coming down the main walkway will enter the Heritage Plaza, sandwiched between the Noyes and Huntsman buildings. The highlight of the Plaza will be a 12-foot bronze statue of Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, the college’s namesakes. The sculpture is being created by Snow art professor Brad Taggart.
The plaza will also feature several stone panels bearing the names of financial donors - a visual acknowledgment, Wyatt said, that “our good fortune comes from someone else’s sacrifice.” The new campus feature will be a place for student gathering and outdoor events.
“Speaking for the students,” Student Body President Dan Anderson said in an address at the groundbreaking, “the library is like our second home.” Many Snow students spend around 20 hours per week studying at the facility, he said.
The building will be completed by Layton Construction Company, which is the largest commercial builder in Utah. Layton has worked on previous projects with Snow College, including the completion of the Performing Arts Center and the Business Education Building. The company considers the new facility as one of their “landmark projects.”