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(KSL News) It will be quite a birthday celebration for President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He turns 97 tomorrow and will dedicate a building named for him on BYU's campus.
The groundbreaking took place just a year ago. President Hinckley used his own shovel to do the honors. Joining him were members of his family and university officials.
Today, the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center is finished. Grounds crews are still working on the landscaping. The building is 80,000 square feet. It's the first of its kind on campus because it explains the university's history. Initial plans were for completion in the fall of 2007.
John Lewis, BYU Vice-President, explains, "As we began we started looking at each other and saying, 'wouldn't that be remarkable if we could do this on President Hinckley's 97th birthday? Could we do it in 12 months?' So, an even faster schedule was developed right along side the other and as things progressed, it happened."
The dedication takes place at 1 p.m. tomorrow. We will have coverage on Eyewitness News at Six and Ten on Saturday.