With no fanfare, Ogden-Weber Area Technical College President Collette R. Mercier became the first person to sign the final beam to be placed Friday in the college’s new health building.
The beam was painted white and laid out on a couple of sawhorses. It was on a rise of ground near the construction site, but everyone there for the party stayed over by picnic tables waiting for the barbecue lunch.
Then Mercier and two members of the college’s foundation board wandered over, picked up pens and signed. After her was Rex Child, the longest-serving member of the foundation board, and Ted Johnstun, the newest member. However informal, signing the beam was the point of the day. The final beam means workers are ready to put the outer skin on the building and start finishing the interior.
When finished, the health building will mark a number of mileposts for the ATC:
• The college’s health programs will double in size to more than 1,000 students.
• The building will include, for the first time, an extension of Weber State University’s registered nurse program. Students in the ATC practical nurse program will be able to become registered nurses without changing campuses. The Standard Examiner