BYU to tear down one building, construct another and add to Bean Museum

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  • Doc28 PROVO, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    Why take out the Widtsoe building? Couldn't they use it for another reason? I really like the little skyline on the hill there. It seems expensive not to save it and then need more space in the future too. Someone should convince them to save it?

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    College of Life Sciences contains the Department of Exercise Science, the largest major on campus- they are tired of working out of that old Nike shoe box, E.B.

  • welcomethemall Nampa, ID
    Nov. 11, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Frankly I think the undergraduate focus is a briliant strategy, and I'm not even an alum.

    The kind of research and real-world applications these kids get to be a part of and make real contributions to (even in the softer sciences and liberal arts) is world class. Universities love to get these young people into their graduate and doctoral programs. Companies love to hire them. Governments trust them.

    The whole point is to make them the best-prepared undergraduates on the planet and then get them out of Utah to build Zion wherever they land.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    A new Life Sciences building at byu? It must be the size of a cardboard box.

  • windsor City, Ut
    Nov. 11, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    Ah, goodbye dear old Widtsoe Building.

    (Will Widtsoe possibly be the name of the new building??)

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    How about a new concert hall and organ for the BYU music department to take the place of the lost Tabernacle. Thank you.

  • TaipeiModerate New Haven, CT
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    "I am puzzled as to why a non-research institution would have a need for such facilities?"

    -- This assertion is really, really wrong. BYU has mediocre PhD programs, but does not have mediocre research faculty. The hard science faculty is strong. They publish and develop a ton of different hard science research patents (one of the top-five nationally in science start-ups).

    The issue is that church policy for BYU is to remain an undergraduate institutional focus. They bring in great researchers, and have them teach undergrads. Physical, Biological, and Mathematical Science PhDs are purchased by most schools. even though BYU tuition is low, it is usually cheaper for grad students to go somewhere like Ohio State or Cal.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    I am puzzled as to why a non-research institution would have a need for such facilities?

  • Alex H. Provo, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    This building will be great for BYU. The old building, built long before much of today's biology was understood, needs updating.

    From what I understand, the botany pond (which was recently remodeled) will remain intact. The building will be across a street. Oh, and BYU is finishing up greenhouses which will replace that part of the Cluff building.

    Sadly, the parking will be for faculty, not students.

  • beetdiggingcougar Provo, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    I'm happy for the parking structure. BYU needs as much parking as it can get.

  • Chachi Charlottesville, VA
    Nov. 10, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    Is there any more information available about the Bean Museum addition? Renderings published anywhere?

    To Johnny Triumph: The article tells what's happening to the greenhouses; give it a second look.

  • Mrclark Leesburg, VA
    Nov. 10, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    Any more info on the Bean expansion? Why expand?

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    I hope Botany Pond is left in's a great little oasis on the south end of campus. And hopefully the great greenhouses will have a place in the new building, those were really something to see.

    And is the giant lobster still alive and well in the basement of the Widtsoe Building? Hopefully he can have a more prominent home!

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Is this called progress or evolution?

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    I'm thrilled that BYU continues to grow strong. The new building will surely be a boon to faculty and student alike.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Nov. 10, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Exciting news! Just one more reason to go to BYU!