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With pressing need, BYU-Idaho adding rooms

REXBURG, Idaho — Construction has begun on additions to two large classroom buildings at BYU-Idaho. Because of the addition of new baccalaureate programs, added space is needed in both the Ezra Taft Benson Life Agricultural and Biological Sciences Building and the Mark Austin Technical and Engineering Building. With a pressing need for the more academic space, the projects are moving ahead quickly. It is hoped that concrete work will be finished this fall so contractors can work on the buildings during the winter months.

The Benson addition, which will be located on the east side of the existing building near the Thomas E. Ricks gardens, includes 25,000 square feet of new classroom and office space and 15,500 square feet of greenhouses. The new addition will allow for expansion of biology programs.

The 10,000-square-foot addition to the Austin Building will be located on the east side of the existing structure and include office and classroom space. During the summer the second floor of the Austin Building also was renovated to accommodate the computer science department that has moved into the building. The remodeled area includes new classrooms, student computer areas, lab space and 10 faculty offices.

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