Nov. 2, 2010
The new 72,000-square-foot Karen H. Huntsman Library at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah was officially dedicated on Nov. 1, 2010. Festivities began with a book chain to symbolize the process of moving books from the former library to the new library. The dedication ceremony included the Jon M. Huntsman family, who made a significant donation in order to make construction of the library possible, and the Erastus Snow family, who will be donating some of Erastus Snow's possessions. The celebration also included tours of the new facility and refreshments.
Layton Construction built the new library, which opened its doors to students in August. The library houses more than 50,000 books and 65,000 digital sources and features dozens of study areas, wireless Internet throughout, a cafe, two high-tech auditoriums and an outside terrace on the third level for studying or group events.
The facility's design was able to incorporate the old with the new. The new library is designed to be a similar "sister" building to the more than 100-year-old Noyes Building that houses the campus administration. Using modern materials and installation techniques to accomplish the older look took extra care. Additionally, as part of the project Layton also built the Heritage Plaza in front of the college's namesakes, Lorenzo and Erastus Snow. Heritage Plaza is surrounded by the Heritage Wall of Honor that has the names of the hundreds of people who have donated money to Snow College for scholarships engraved onto the granite wall.
"From the beginning of the project on, we had all kinds of issues come up--issues about design, issues about concept, everything. The one consistent piece from start to finish was Layton Construction," Scott L. Wyatt, president of Snow College, said. "I cannot think of a better contractor to do a building than Layton Construction. This has been a spectacular experience for us."