Let me share some of the key data points:
1) In the past five years, student enrollment on campus has grown from about 1,600 students to more than 2,100 students.
3) Some of the office space shortage is due to added staff to help run programs. In the past five years, we have added staff to run programs in global engagement, entrepreneurship, the Huntsman Scholar program, internships, career acceleration, etc. These programs have greatly enhanced the experiential education opportunities of our students. There was no space planned for these types of functions in the original design of our current building.
4) We are short on classrooms both within our building and on campus in general. We have had to move several classes to a 7:00 a.m. start time, and several others to late afternoon and evening simply because of the lack of classrooms. We are quickly running out of options; we thought a new building is a better option than having classes start right as Letterman and Leno give their opening monologues.
It should be noted that most of the money for the new building is coming from generous donors who understand our current space limitations. It should also be noted that none of the money for the new building is coming from student tuition.