Two buildings dedicated simultaneously during services Friday
BYU celebrated the latest advances in modern technology Friday, Aug. 12, at the joint dedication of the BYU Broadcasting Building and the Information Technology Building.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, offered the dedicatory prayer during a service inside the BYU Broadcasting Building.
“These buildings have been built to take advantage of the wonderful and miraculous technology that will enable the university and the Church to reach the hearts and the minds of members and friends across the globe,” President Eyring said. “That will be done in a way that just a few years ago would have seemed impossible to many people.”
While the dedication originated from Studio C of the BYU Broadcasting Building, the service was also available to attendees gathered at the Information Technology Building via closed-circuit television.
Elder Russell M. Nelson, Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were also in attendance as President Eyring spoke of the relationship between BYU’s two newest buildings.
“Of course, broadcasting as we know it today, and what it will become tomorrow, would not be possible without the continued explosion of information technology operating behind it,” President Eyring said. “Not only is that technology critical to the operation of the broadcasting facility, but to nearly every facet of this university and of the Church.”
BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, who offered remarks prior to President Eyring’s dedicatory prayer, called the new IT Building a “necessary and wise investment in our future,” and spoke of the importance of the broadcasting facility.
“The emergence of BYU Broadcasting has been dramatic and positive for the university but also for the Church,” Samuelson said. “In addition, it has become an important blessing for millions throughout the world who yearn and search for media content that is decent, praiseworthy and uplifting.”
The BYU Broadcasting Building is about 100,000 square feet in size and includes TV production studios, editing space, production control rooms, radio and performance studios and office space among its three floors.
The building houses all the units under BYU Broadcasting, including BYU Television, BYU Television International, KBYU-TV/Eleven, BYU Radio, KBYU-FM Classical and BYU Broadcasting Digital Media Group.
President Samuelson called all that has happened to bring BYU Broadcasting to this point “miraculous.”
“Our content is improving and our progress, while impressive, is just beginning,” he said. “Again, to all of you for making this dream come true, thank you.”