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Update on Arts Building Construction Offers Sneak Peek of New Features

College of Fine Arts and Communications Associate Dean Eric Gillett Gives an Update on the Construction of the New Arts Building

Drone Footage of Arts Building Construction Site from May 2024 | Video by Emma Olson/CFAC External Relations

Provo, UT, June 2024 — Nearly two years after its announcement, the construction on the new arts building is making progress as exterior and interior features begin to take shape.

Despite a cold winter and a wet spring, construction is moving along, especially on the west end of the building. “A new, state-of-the-art Cinema Theater has taken shape within the building interior,” said College of Fine Arts and Communications Associate Dean Eric Gillett. “The Black Box theater is visible on the south side of the building. The main theater stage is currently visible from the east side of the site, but will soon disappear as the structure on the east begins to rise.”

To the west and south of the Arts Building site, the Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) and the Quad are also undergoing improvements. Several cascading staircases will be placed to connect the library and the Quad to the Museum of Art. The first staircase was installed at the end of April.

“Constructing a building this complex requires a lot of combined effort,” said Gillett. “The college is grateful to work with such an extraordinary group of people to ensure the new arts building is as good as it can be. We have the chance to see significant weekly progress, and the finished building is starting to come into focus.”

Read the 2022 arts building announcement from BYU News here.

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