A new BusinessWeek story profiles the University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios entrepreneurial building as a space that “blurs life and work the same way technology giants Facebook and Google do at their headquarters.”
The $45 million building will house more than 400 unique student residences and 20,000 sf of “garage” space where any student on campus can build a prototype, attend an event or launch a company. It will be the place where students live, create and launch companies. As BusinessWeek documents, the spaces “offers 3D printers and rooms to build prototypes. The garage is open 24 hours a day to accommodate bursts of off-hours inspiration.”
“If you have an idea at 2 a.m., you want to be able to get up and act on your idea,” said Mehrdad Yazdani, head of Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign.
The building is also designed to be as nimble as a startup with a flexible grid system that allows the university to reconfigure rooms and expand the garage as student needs change. “Our goal is five years after it opens, that it’ll be an entirely different-looking building,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, Executive Director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “Universities usually build something that lasts 50 to 100 years, but when you’re an entrepreneur, things change rapidly.”