Groundbreaking ceremonies for the addition to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. in the quad area north of the library.
Officiating at the Friday afternoon event will be LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson and President James E. Faust, first and second counselors, respectively. All three members of the First Presidency are scheduled to speak.BYU President Merrill J. Bateman will also speak at the ceremonies, which will include University Librarian Sterling J. Albrecht, members of the BYU board of trustees, the BYU administration and the Lee family.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremonies.
Construction of the 234,000-square-foot addition and remodeling of the existing building are scheduled to begin Sept. 23 and take three years. Construction of the all-underground addition is expected to be completed in December 1998, with additional remodeling finished in December 1999.
The new structure will fill most of the quad area between the library and the Abraham Smoot Building to the north as well as some of the area to the east between the library, the Harris Fine Arts Center and the Wilkinson Center.
Jacobsen Construction Co. was the successful bidder for the project. It will be the first project on campus for the Salt Lake City-based firm.
When completed, the addition will feature two floors underground with an additional third-floor mechanical room and a ground-level glass-enclosed entryway on the north side of the existing library. Skylights in the quad area will provide additional ambient light for the second floor.