Lassonde Studios opens its doors after 2 years and $45 million


(KUTV) It's hard to miss the big copper building on the University of Utah campus. The visionaries behind Lassonde Studios created the space, with the hope that students would create within its walls. Crews broke ground on the facility in October of 2014. Fast forward to today and instead of dirt, there's a 160,000 square feet, five floor, $45 million building called Lassonde Studios standing loud and proud.

"We have an innovation space that's open to any student on campus that has a fabrication facility, company launch space and co-working space, as well as, a restaurant," said the Executive Director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Troy D'Ambrosio.

Lassonde Studios opened its doors to students this summer. Students live in traditional dorm style quarters, pods, and loft apartments.

"We have 400 beds of residential living in here, combined with Maker Space on each of the floors, a really eclectic community, so we're open from freshman all the way to Ph.D. students," said D'Ambrosio.

Each floor of the five floor building has a different theme which is meant to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. The building was made possible by gold investor and U Alumnus Pierre Lassonde, who donated $25 million.

From the outside to the inside, the building is meant to evolve. The outside is made of copper and glass to resemble Utah's mountains and waterfalls. Just as copper changes over time, the building's creators hope the evolution inside the building is reflective of what's taking place inside.

The building dedication and open house is scheduled for Sept. 22. Public tours will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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