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David O. McKay Building to be rededicated April 25

The recently remodeled David O. McKay Building at Brigham Young University will be rededicated on Friday (April 25) at 9:30 a.m. immediately following the McKay School of Education's convocation services in the Smith Fieldhouse at 8 a.m.

The brief rededication program will include remarks from BYU President Merrill Bateman and a short video about David O. McKay, former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A presiding authority will offer the dedicatory prayer.

A reception in the Visitors Center gardens just west of the McKay Building will take place after the program, and short tours of the newly remodeled building will be offered starting at 11 a.m.

During the last three years, the entire interior of the building has been refitted and remodeled.

"The interior is 90 percent new," said John Cowan, project coordinator for facilities management at BYU. "We have done a plumbing upgrade, an electrical upgrade and a seismic upgrade."

The building also has an improved computer lab and classroom layout and design.

Since the building was in use during the entire remodeling process, the College of Education had to make adjustments.

"The staff, faculty and students all sacrificed during the remodeling process," said Jim Kasen, coordinator of public affairs for BYU's Visitor Center.

The building was originally dedicated Dec. 14, 1954. Elder Stephen L. Richards, a former member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church, dedicated the building, and President McKay attended the services. The building was remodeled and rededicated in 1979.

For more information, contact Jim Kasen at (801) 422-5788.

Writer: Liesel Enke

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