MARB gets a much-needed lift

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Construction crews have turned their attention to installing a much-needed elevator in the Thomas L. Martin Building.

Currently there is no elevator within the Martin Building (more commonly referred to on campus as the MARB). With the new Life Sciences Building scheduled to open its doors by the Fall 2014 semester, the Widtsoe Building will be shut down, along with the only current elevator access to the MARB.

Since the MARB is connected to the Widtsoe Building, people who have needed elevator assistance in the past have used the elevator located in the Widtsoe Building and then crossed over into the MARB.

The new elevator in the MARB will be located on the north side of the building.

Construction crews make room to install a new elevator on the North side of the Martin Building. (photo by Cody Melnyk)
Construction crews make room to install a new elevator on the north side of the Martin Building. (Photo by Cody Melnyk)

According to BYU’s information/media relations manager, Todd Hollingshead, the installation of the new elevator will be finished this summer and will not interrupt any classes that are located in the MARB in the fall. The building will continue to serve the campus in the semesters to come by providing classroom space for instructors from nearly every college.

Currently there are no classes scheduled for the MARB during the spring and summer terms.

The new $95 million Life Sciences Building is still on schedule to open its doors for classes this September, replacing the Widtsoe Building and shutting it down for the Fall 2014 semester.

Professors and other faculty members who are located in the Widtsoe Building have already begun to move their belongings over to the Life Sciences Building and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

Demolition for the Widtsoe Building is set to take place in the spring/summer of 2015.

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