The Brigham Young University Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a new building for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.
Crews will break ground on the roughly 200,000-square-foot engineering building on Monday, May 9, in front of campus dignitaries and donors. The new building, which is entirely funded by donors, will be located just south of the current engineering building, the W.W. Clyde Building.
The five-level structure will cascade down the hillside where the Knight Mangum Building once stood and is estimated to be completed and occupied by Fall 2018. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be live-streamed at http://engineeringbuilding.byu.edu/livestream
“When this building is complete, we believe it will positively benefit students, faculty and, ultimately, the world,” said BYU President Kevin J Worthen.
The new building will house 158 faculty offices and 54 teaching and project labs for the Ira A. Fulton College. The Clyde Building, completed in 1974, will continue to service engineering and technology programs, as will the Crabtree Building and the Snell Building.
More than 18,000 alumni and supporters donated to the building over the past three years. Major donations also came from areas on campus, including the College of Life Sciences, the department of Continuing Education, and BYU Print and Mail. Administrators and staff in those divisions made strategic budget moves to help provide funding support.
“We are pleased and profoundly grateful that, with the support of so many, the fundraising goal for the building was reached,” said Alan Parkinson, dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. “Alumni and friends of the college have stepped up in major way, and other BYU colleges and departments have generously helped.”
VCBO Architecture is the architect for the building while Jacobsen Construction and Span Construction are the general contractors.