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University of Utah's New Dorm Mimics Google Headquarters

Lassonde Studios rendering
Lassonde Studios renderingCourtesy CannonDesign

In a move it hopes will lure budding entrepreneurs who dream of souped-up Silicon Valley workspaces, the University of Utah plans to build a residence hall that blurs life and work the same way technology giants Facebook and Google do at their headquarters.

The new building, called Lassonde Studios, is part of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the Eccles School of Business. It’s modeled after startup spaces in San Francisco and New York that are designed to promote a culture of innovation, says Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the institute.