The doors are open at Lassonde Studios, an innovative new entrepreneurial education facility where students can live, learn and launch companies. The university held a dedication and open house celebration today for media, donors, university leadership and students. The building officially opened in August with the start of the new semester and students have been living in the building for just over a month. CannonDesign and its Yazdani Studio are proud to have led design for the project in collaboration with EDA Design.
Lassonde Studios is University of Utah’s vision of the future of entrepreneurial education. The building combines more than 400 unique student residences and 20,000 sf of entrepreneurial “garage” space where any student on campus can build a prototype, develop a new product, attend an event or launch a company. The space empowers students with 3D printers, laser cutters, power tools, collaboration zones, innovation space, workshops, social cafes and more.
“The University of Utah is already among the best schools in the country for entrepreneurship. Lassonde Studios will help us reach the next level,” said Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “We train thousands of students, help develop hundreds of startup companies and provide dozens of programs to all students. The building will amplify all of these efforts, allowing us to give every student at the University of Utah an entrepreneurial experience.”
The university had more than 1,300 students apply for the chance to live in the building in its first year, and the selected 400 represent students from all years (freshman, sophomore, etc.) and all disciplines – which further helps enhance idea-sharing and collaboration. The first group of students is broken out the following ways:
- 37% are female and 67% are male
- 50% are freshmen, 17% sophomores, 14% juniors, 12% seniors, 6% master’s students and 1 percent doctoral students.
- The majors best represented include business, engineering, computer science, video games and film.
“We were impressed by the quality of students who applied to join us and live at the Lassonde Studios. We think we have assembled one of the best groups of entrepreneurs anywhere,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Institute. “We can’t wait to see what the Lassonde 400 accomplishes this year and in the future. We expect big things.”
Mehrdad Yazdani, Director of the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign added, “Lassonde Studios is a remarkable facility and the effort that the University of Utah has brought to this project is inspiring. This is an entirely new type of learning facility that blends housing, student union, start-up culture and learning facilities in a powerful environment that will help students discover new ideas for our future. We are remarkably proud as a firm to have been part of this project.”