The ducks at the botany pond will soon have a new neighbor: a new Life Sciences Building is going up on the south end of campus.
The massive structure will include 265,000 square feet of teaching and research space for the College of Life Sciences and will sit on the hillside directly south of the Widtsoe Building’s location.
“The new Life Sciences Building will serve as a gateway for the south end of the BYU campus,” says Brian K. Evans (BS ’80), chief financial officer and administrative vice president at BYU. “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 Benjamin Cluff Building was razed prior to construction and the Widtsoe Building will come down after the completion of the five-level Life Sciences Building and its integrated three-level, 250-stall parking structure.
The target for completing and occupying the building is the end of 2014. It will house 16 teaching labs, three auditoriums, four conference rooms, and more than 70 academic offices. All of the faculty and labs once located in the Cluff and Widtsoe Buildings will be housed in the new facility.
The BYU Board of Trustees has also approved a 30,000-square-foot addition to the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. The addition will be built on the east side of the current museum structure and will include as its centerpiece an exhibit of birds and bird art from the collection of President Boyd K. Packer (EdD ’62) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.