This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
PROVO — Brigham Young University announced Wednesday the addition of a new Life Sciences Building and parking structure to the south end of campus.
The building will house the College of Life Sciences and include 265,000 square feet of teaching and research space in the form of 16 teaching labs, three auditoriums, four conference rooms and more than 70 academic offices.
The building will be located at approximately 800 North and 550 East: the site of the current Benjamin Cluff Building. The Cluff Building houses the plant sciences labs and will be razed prior to the start of construction. Upon its completion, labs and offices in the Cluff and the Widtsoe buildings will be moved to the new building.
The Widtsoe Building will be razed at the completion of construction.
"The new Life Sciences Building will serve as a gateway for the south end of the BYU campus," Brian Evans, chief financial Officer and administrative vice president at BYU, said in a statement. "It will be a welcoming and inviting building and will include a center corridor that will lead students directly up the hill to campus."
The five-story building will also include a three-level, 250-stall parking structure that will be integrated into the building.
Construction will begin immediately. University officials expect to be able to open the building in 2014.
A 30,000-square-foot addition to the east side of the Monte L. Bean Life Sciences Museum has also been approved by the BYU Board of Trustees. The addition will showcase birds and bird art from the collection of President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(Main image courtesy BYU)