Jacobsen Construction


The fall semester is under way at USU Eastern, and the Golden Eagles kicked it off in a new building: The Central Instructional Building (CIB), a 58,000 square-foot facility recently completed by Jacobsen. Set between the G.J. Reeves building and Geary Theatre, the CIB’s modern design is expected draw a lot of attention on the 75-year-old campus.

“This new building will be iconic—a venue of pride for students faculty and the community,” said USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson. “It is a significant enhancement to our ability to fulfill our mission.” Spanning the 400 North block of the Price campus, the two-story CIB features a new exterior thin-brick skin system, a rusted panel wall and glass handrail, as well as polished concrete and board-formed concrete walls.

The project scope also included seismic stabilization, expanding the Geary Theatre and constructing a new scene shop—all within a stone’s throw from or right on top of the new facility. “Our crews worked in some pretty tight conditions on this project,” said JCC Superintendent Eric Vaughn. “The building occupied about 85 percent of the site, so we trained and certified key team members to work in confined spaces.” Our team worked hard to achieve safe constructability through several means and methods – like completing site utility and pile-driving work when classes weren’t in session.

The CIB is now home to a black box theater, a choral room, band practice rooms and offices, as well as classroom space for criminal justice, communication, art, theater and music departments. In addition to classroom, performance and administrative space, the building will also be available for community use.

“USU Eastern sees this as more than just a building,” said JCC Project Manager Jayson Woolley. “It’s a recruiting tool for the college and a driver of economic opportunities in the region.”

“USU Eastern’s enthusiasm for this project has been contagious from day one,” added JCC Project Executive Jim Cavey. “They are committed to making life better for students and the surrounding community, and it’s an honor to help them achieve that through our partnership on this project.”