The Bingham Research Center
Utah State University's 75,000-square-foot Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center is a state-of-the-art , high-tech educational facility in Vernal, Utah, where students are trained in business, entrepreneurship, accounting, education, engineering, wildlife science, water management, social work, natural resources, environmental policy, and other fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Bingham Center brings together USU scientists and researchers, county leaders, state and federal authorities, and industry partners to create innovative best practices in education, resource development, economic growth, and environmental stewardship.
The Bingham Center boasts 21 state-of-the-art distance education classrooms and 13 laboratories (6 teaching, 7 research). The building is also home to USU student support services (registration, academic advising, administration) and an entrepreneurship wing that provides incubation services for local innovators.
“The Bingham Center allows Utah State to aggressively and strategically pursue its research interests and opportunities in areas of the state where vast energy resources and new business opportunities exist,” said USU President Stan L. Albrecht.
In fall 2007, Utah entrepreneurs and business leaders Marc and Debbie Bingham donated $15 million for building construction. Recognizing that the $15 million would go a long way but not quite far enough, the university raised matching contributions from a variety of sources to push the total to $23.4 million. Later, with a $5 million land donation by local entrepreneur Bob Williams of 138 acres, and with roads, additional infrastructure, and other enhancements, the community project exceeded $40 million.
“When President Albrecht and I discussed USU’s need and goals, I knew what I wanted to do,” said Marc Bingham. “I saw the opportunity to provide the people of the Basin something that could make their home one of the greatest places on Earth to live and to raise a family. I knew that it was my chance to achieve one of my lifelong goals, that of giving back to my community what my community has given me: opportunity.”
"The community has come together to realize this exceptionally ambitious dream," said Robert Behunin, USU Vice President for Advancement and Commercialization. "The promise of the Bingham Center and its unprecedented partnerships with government, industry, and higher education is to create sustainable economic development, educational enhancement, and business and technological innovation through our energy development and applied research r platforms."
The Bingham Center, located at 320 North Aggie Boulevard, was dedicated on September 24, 2010.