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BYU's Heritage Halls dorms being demolished

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Jan. 18, 2012 at 1:59 p.m.


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PROVO -- BYU is tearing down many of its old residence halls as it looks to keep up with the needs of plugged-in students.

The Heritage Halls were built in the 50s but today four of the buildings are a pile of rubble. More will soon be coming down and one reason to build new buildings is that students need a lot of electricity.

"Today's students come with much more equipment than students have in the past," said university spokesperson Carrie Jenkins.

Some of the bedrooms have only a single electrical outlet. Students often have to use extension cables and extended power strips to accommodate things like computers, cell phones and iPads.

She said the new buildings will have plenty of outlets as well as other updates to better suit students, and will have more space. New buildings will be apartment-style like Heritage Halls. They eventually plan on replacing all the old residence halls as resources become available.

Jenkins also highlighted the new landscaping that will be part of not only the residences, but the entire campus, saying over 60,000 square feet of sod, thousands of shrubs and hundreds of trees will be planted.

Ten of the 24 Heritage buildings will be taken down by March.

BYU tore down its Deseret Towers dorms in 2007.

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