BYU, Provo undergo construction



Ari Dacis
Visitors to BYU Women’s Conference may see construction on the Harman Building, which is attached to the BYU Conference Center. Areas of University Avenue, 700 North, 500 South and 400 South are also under construction. (Ari Davis)

Warm weather and the sounds of hammering and drilling have appeared around campus and Provo, signaling the beginning of springtime construction and obstacles to visitors.

Construction on the new engineering building on the south end of campus continues to progress since its groundbreaking in Spring 2016. The Richards Building pool is being remodeled and the Harman Building is being expanded as well.

“The Harman Building, which is connected to the BYU Conference Center, may be the only project to impact Women’s Conference,” said university spokesman Todd Hollingshead.

Hollingshead said the roadwork off campus, especially on University Parkway, might be a greater concern for visitors.

Road construction is taking place along the entire University Parkway stretch from I-15 in Orem to University Avenue in Provo. University Avenue, 700 North, 500 South and 400 South have areas under construction, as well.

Andy Neff, representative for the Provo Orem Transportation Improvement Project, advises Utah Valley visitors to take caution during their travel.

Be aware of the work, reduce speeds and watch for traffic control signage and lane shifts. Travel lanes are narrowed in the work zone and construction workers and equipment are working very near live traffic,” Neff said. “Please be safe. Accesses to all businesses along the construction corridor are being maintained, so please continue to visit our great local shops.”

Hollingshead said he encourages all who find themselves on the roads leading to campus this spring to walk around the new engineering building and visit the new Marriott Center Annex, where both the men and women’s basketball teams practice.

Visitors can also see the newly dedicated Reflection Room, a place for students to remove themselves from the stresses of school and draw closer to the Savior, in the Wilkinson Student Center.

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