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Whether it has been five years or 50 years since you have been on campus, you will find things have changed!
Campus Drive Redesign
Phase three of the Campus Drive rede-sign included the intersection between the Hinckley Center and the Jesse Knight Building parking lot. The road was moved to the east, and a tree-lined median was added. Other features include a walkway and drop-off zone.
Education in Zion
On the third floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building is the Education in Zion Gallery. Through the stories of men and women who sacrificed much to create and pass on the educational heritage that has shaped the LDS Church and BYU, the exhibitions examine the importance of educating the whole soul.
South Campus River and Trail
A half-mile stream and a trail run along the south and southwest parts of cam-pus. Along the peaceful trail are lawns, picnic tables, benches, waterfalls, and plants of all kinds that are identified, just in case you wonder what they are.
BYU Guest House
The new university guest house, completed in 2014, is located next door to the Former President’s Home. It accommodates university guests and gives them a better sense of campus life and closer access to students.
Tree of Wisdom
The sculpture Tree of Wisdom was “uprooted” from its site south of the Spencer W. Kimball Tower and moved to just south of the David O. McKay Building. This is the third time it has been replanted. It was originally erected north of the Harold B. Lee Library in 1975 as a gift from the student body officers commemorating the university’s centennial anniversary.
East Campus Drive
East Campus Drive, the once busy thoroughfare that ran between the J. Reuben Clark Law School Building and the Wilkinson Student Center, is now a pedestrian plaza. Completed in 2013, this was phase one of the Campus Drive redesign. “The goal is to create a safe and pedestrian-friendly environment on campus with ample green space,” said university spokesperson Carri Jenkins.
Life Sciences Building
This impressive building, completed in 2014, is the south-end gateway to the BYU campus. The five-story, 265,000- square-foot building also includes a three-level parking structure. It houses 16 teaching labs, three auditoriums, four conference rooms, and more than 70 academic offices.
The Wall is an on-campus venue where students gather for fun, refreshments, live performances, and relaxation. It opened in 2013 and is located on the first floor of the Wilkinson Center near the bowling alley.
New Engineering Building
Currently under construction, this build-ing will be state of the art. Among its many features will be special laboratories for student innovation projects and a floor dedicated to students collaborating on prototype projects. Construction of the building is funded entirely by donations.
Apartment-style on-campus housing is provided by the new Heritage Halls complex. The living spaces are larger than in the old halls and provide more conveniences for both technology and socializing. There is also an increase in the green space around the halls.
What’s New at the MOA
Artist Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus No. 29 shows how 80 miles of thread can become a stunning and beautiful art piece. Dawe’s piece will be on display through 2018. Exhibitions change constantly at the MOA, so check to see what is currently on display.
The Provo Missionary Training Center will be able to accommodate 3,500 missionaries when it is completed this year. The buildings will house offices and classrooms for personal study and small-group activities.
Marriot Center Annex
Located on the east side of the Marriott Center, the Annex will house the BYU basketball practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball. It was completed in 2016.
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
The museum was relocated to the corner of Canyon Road and 2230 North in Provo, next to BYU’s Outdoors Unlimited. The museum offers free admission. With collections from around the world, the museum provides opportunities for education and research.
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Experience a fascinating learning experience at the Bean Museum. The aim of the museum is to enhance the belief that nature is divine, organized by God for the benefit of His children. Live animal shows, exotic displays, and inspiring art-work renew and expand the offerings of the remodeled building.
When the MTC was expanded, the BYU Auxiliary Services Maintenance and Laundry Buildings were rebuilt and relocated to an area south of Wymount Terrace. Completed in 2015, the laundry is now two and a half times larger.