Rising up from the hillside on the south end of campus is the new Life Sciences Building, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014. In order to provide enough space for the new facility, the Benjamin Cluff Building, which had served students for almost 60 years, was demolished at the end of 2011.
Overshadowed by two towering cranes, the structure is currently a maze of concrete pillars, steel beams, and interlaced rebar. When completed, however, it will be a state of the art education and research facility, housing sixteen teaching labs, three auditoriums, four conference rooms, and more than seventy academic offices. The five-story, 265,000-square-foot building will also include a three-level, 250-stall parking structure.
An open corridor through the center of the building will provide students and faculty access from 800 North and a direct pathway up the hill to campus. “The new Life Sciences Building will serve as a gateway for the south end of the BYU campus,” said Brian Evans, Chief Financial Officer and Administrative Vice President at BYU. “It will be a welcoming and inviting building.”
The purpose of the new facility is to modernize the facilities necessary for the evolving field of life sciences. All the faculty offices and labs once located in the Cluff Building or remaining in the John A. Widtsoe Building will be moved to the Life Sciences Building following its completion, after which the Widtsoe will also be razed.