David Eccles School of Business Announces New Epicenter for Impact and Prosperity
Salt Lake City—The David Eccles School of Business is proud to announce a new building that will come out of the ground this summer. The new Epicenter for Impact and Prosperity is envisioned as a multidisciplinary hub for innovation, impact and prosperity, which will provide student housing and office space to the Center for Business, Health and Prosperity and the Sorenson Impact Center. The $114 million projects are made possible through the generous support of anchor gifts from Jim Sorenson and Robert and Lynette Gay.
The six-story building will include a dedicated gathering space on the first floor, known as the Forum, which will serve as the heart of the building. This space will bring together users from different programmatic areas and across campus in an open and collaborative space. The Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity and the Sorenson Impact Center will occupy space directly above the Forum. The 284,808 square foot building will also provide 775 resident beds for students.
“The Epicenter is a living learning space that will provide an unprecedented opportunity to equip the next generation of leaders with social purpose and to refine the global understanding of impact investing and approaches to sustainable economic development. “said Jim Sorenson. “We believe the outcome of Epicenter will be two-fold, creating the best learnings and solutions in impact investing and preparing students to become powerful global citizens and community leaders.”
“We are thrilled to be a partner with the University and Jim Sorenson in building this new epicenter of impact and prosperity,” say Bob and Lynette Gay. “Through the Centre, we plan to lay an innovative new foundation within the University that builds and improves the lives of not only University students but countless others, especially in Africa where we have worked for many years. Built on a mission to unite corporate and public health resources, we believe the Epicenter will become a cutting-edge, student-led provider of growth, hope and prosperity for today’s global community. We are grateful to be part of this new company.
The space is a continuation of the creation of on-campus residential hubs that provide experiential opportunities for students to have a meaningful impact on their world.
“Demand for on-campus housing is growing, but we want to make sure our students have more than just a place to live,” said University of Utah President Taylor Randall, who oversaw planning. from the epicenter during his tenure as dean of Eccles. School. “We want to create a vibrant learning community where students can participate in the transformative work of these centers, gain valuable experience, and use that experience to change the world around them. The Epicenter integrates all elements of our vision to inspire, innovate and impact. »
Construction of the building is expected to begin in June 2022, with a completion date of August 2024. The building will be located on a currently empty site east of the University’s Lassonde Studios. Several types of residential rooms and apartments will be offered, including:
- 8-bedroom apartments (12 units): Type A: 2,100 sq. ft. Type B: 2,200 sq. ft.
- 4-bedroom apartments (30 units): 1,050 sq. ft.
- Doubles (140 units): 180 ft2
- Singles (69 units): 110 ft2
- Pod Studios (211 units): 80 square feet 11 pod communities with approximately 2,100 square feet of shared community space
About the David Eccles School of Business
The Eccles school is synonymous with “doing”. The Eccles Experience provides world-class business education with a unique entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students practice what they learn long before graduation. Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, eight other graduate programs, one Ph.D. in seven areas and executive education programs. The School is also home to 12 institutes, centers and initiatives that conduct academic research and support an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit Eccles.Utah.edu or call 801-581-7676.
About Sorenson Impact Center
The Sorenson Impact Center helps organizations realize their impact vision by connecting capital to social and environmental solutions, helping organizations measure, report and improve impact, and integrating data science and story-driven storytelling. people in everything we do. With our customers and partners, we share a vision of an equitable and prosperous world where everyone is valued, communities thrive, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision-making. As part of our mission to develop future impactful leaders, the Center integrates academic programming and experiential learning into each of its practice areas. The Center is proudly housed at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Learn more at http://www.sorensonimpact.com
About the Center for Business, Health and Prosperity
The Center for Business, Health and Prosperity was created to promote societal prosperity by integrating value-creating innovation and entrepreneurship with improving health. The Center builds on established programs at the University of Utah’s Salt Lake City campus, with a focus on business development (including entrepreneurship, innovation, and finance) and health innovation. The Center is also utilizing unique opportunities that exist through the University of Utah’s growing programs in West Africa and collaboration with the Ensign College in Kpong, Ghana to establish programming aligned with the mission in one of the most dynamic emerging markets in the world. Exploration of how to engage resources on the Asia campus is also underway, in conjunction with the Office for Global Engagement, to make the Center a truly global enterprise that utilizes the University’s unique global strengths. from Utah.