SAMUEL H. AND MARIAN K. BARKER FAMILY HEALTH TECHNOLOGY BUILDING
Dedicated June 16, 2011
The Samuel H. and Marian K. Barker Family Health Technology Building represents a landmark for the college in a number of meaningful ways. The building represents the foresight of college leadership and the community to address the on-going shortage of health care professionals. Growth in health care professions is expected to top 45 percent through the year 2020 while a record number of health care workers are slated to retire during that same period. The building also demonstrates the power of partnerships, as the combined efforts of college leadership, Weber County legislators, and the college foundation resulted in funding from the state for construction. In 2006, the OWATC Foundation pledged to raise a minimum of $1 million to fund the cost of technical training equipment for the facility â€“ by far, the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the nonprofit organization.
By the beginning of the 2009 legislative session, the foundation had met its goal through contributions entirely from foundations, corporations, and individuals including numerous college employees. Through the efforts of the Weber County delegation and local legislative leadership, in March 2009, the college received nearly $22 million in funding from the state for construction. The contract for design/build was awarded to the team of Okland Construction/GSBS Architects for their stunningly beautiful and environmentally-friendly design. Students, faculty, staff, college leadership, legislators, and donors celebrated the groundbreaking on December 2, 2009.
The foundation was honored to grant naming rights for the building to the Samuel C. and Myra G. Powell Foundation for its founder and long-time tech college supporter, Samuel H. Barker and his wife, Marian. The three Barker family siblings, Charles, Mary, and Ann, continue to operate the Powell Foundation in the spirit intended by their father and by Mr. and Mrs. Powell with a special emphasis on health care. With the help of the Powell Foundation and an additional 114 donors, the OWATC Foundation has now raised over $1.4 million to purchase state-of-the-art medical training equipment for the new facility.
The Samuel H. and Marian K. Barker Family Health Technology Building houses all college health care programs including Dental Assisting, Dental Office Administration, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Medical Transcription, Medical Coder, Practical Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and a cohort of Weber State Universityâ€™s Registered Nursing program to serve Ogden-Weber graduates. Overall, the new building will allow the college to double its capacity by serving up to 1,200 health care students annually.
The Ogden-Weber Tech College and Foundation proudly honor these generous and visionary benefactors who have made a commitment to excellence in health care education
Samuel C. and Myra G. Powell Foundation
Cross Charitable Foundation
George S. and Dolores DorÃ© Eccles Foundation
Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation
Stewart Education Foundation
American Dream Foundation
McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation
Ogden Regional Medical Center
Ogden-Weber Tech College Foundation
Senator Haven J. Barlow
Barnes Aerospaceâ€” Ogden Division
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation
Lloyd and Holly McCaffrey
R. Wayne Cox, Karolynn Balmforth, and Linda Kae Olsen
Ogden-Weber Tech College Team
Davis Hospital and Medical Center
Elveretta Littlefield Wattis Foundation
John and Geraldine Goddard
David and Teresa Puskedra Family
Edith Dee Green Foundation
John E. Lindquist
Wells Fargo Bank
America First Credit Union
Cal and Emma Anderson
Tyler and Ashley Call
Thomas and Candace Dee
Rick and Karen Fairbanks
Fresenius Medical Care N.A.
William R. and DeborahÂ A. Hackett
Douglas J. and Peggy S. Holmes
Steven R. and Patricia D. Moore
Ruben and Mary Lou Morales
Bert L. and Lulu M. Neal Foundation
Janet E. Olsen
John and Cindy Purcell
Don and Janet Salazar
James R. Taggart
John Hinds and Karen Thurber
Jack and Bonnie Wahlen Family
Brent and Gloria Wallis
Joyce J. and William J. Wilson
Ogden-Weber Tech College Team:Â Beverly and Peter Breskovich, Robert and Laurie Brems, Ruth Brockman, Andrew Brown, Rosalie Buck, Jan Burton, Lisa Butler, Patrick Butler, Jody Cevering, Vance Chadez, Barney Chapman, Ken Choi, Kearston Cutrubus, Pat Dean,Â Sharon Dickerson, Judi Elmer, Nathan Felix, Mark and Jean Francom, Judith Galbraith, Sharilyn Gerber, Jeff Harris, Gordon Haun, Bonnie Henderson, Pamela Herandez, Randy Hodges, Marilyn Holley, Marta Jones, Glora Kartchner, Noall Knighton,Â John Kristensen, Danny Manning, Mac McCullough, Kelly Miles, Curtis Nielsen, Derek Ponce, Anita Ruiz, Frank Ruiz, St. Benedictâ€™s Foundation, Monica Schwenk, Katie Sellers, Sheri Semerjian, LaWanna Shurtliff, Dana Slaughter, Tina Smith, Jennifer Streker, Theresa Walker, Vicki Walczak, Mark Wayment, Jenara Weaver, and Elsa Zweifel.