The new Heritage Housing are scheduled to be completed by Fall Semester, along with other construction projects. Heritage Housing will have two of the four buildings open and ready for students this fall; the other two will be ready Winter Semester.
Several other construction projects are in progress and affect access to campus. The East Campus Road construction project has certain lanes closed off and several roads in and around Heritage Halls are closed, limiting vehicle access. This is because of regular summer utility work, where the underground tunnels are being tied to the new Heritage Housing.
Todd Hollingshead, BYU spokesman, said this construction will only limit access to campus for summer semester and advises students to be aware and careful around the construction on campus.
“We appreciate students being aware of the construction,” Hollingshead said. “Certain lanes will be closed on East Campus Drive and students should be careful and drive cautiously.”
Other campus construction projects were finished recently, notably the Snell Building and the South Campus Stream and Trail. The Snell Building was renovated to be energy efficient. It uses a unique building envelope technology which traps cool air in the summer and hot air in the winter. The South Campus Stream and Trail was completed last Thanksgiving with an open house in April. It was created to offer students and the community a peaceful break and to beautify the campus.
Camille Gardner, a Provo mom, said she enjoys the new scenery south of campus near the duck pond and stops by regularly to walk her baby.
“It looks a lot better, it looks safer to walk on,” Gardner said. “The duck pond is very relaxing to go walk around, it’s very peaceful. After a nice hard day’s work you can go and have a nice break between classes and relax or think.”
Roy Peterman, director of Grounds for BYU, encourages the community and BYU to use the newly renovated trail.
“Re-establishing the trail alongside the stream will give members of the BYU community a place to experience some peaceful moments and an area ideal for ‘getting away from it all’ for a few moments,” Peterman said in a BYU news release.