With the start of the new semester, students are being redirected around the construction. Most students know what the building’s (What building?) purpose is for, but few know what it will look like inside. (If you are referring to one building, you need to reference it first. If you are talking about both, you need to make this sentence plural) Recently, staffers from the Scroll went on a tour of the new auditorium being constructed next to the John W. Hart and Hyrum Manwaring Center buildings with Rulon Nielsen
The new auditorium will be able to seat to 15,000 people at once and will feature two large screens on either side of the stage, similar to the ones used in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Different than the conference center though, images in the auditorium will be projected from behind the screens. (Are the Conference Center images project from in front? If so, put “However, the images in the auditorium will be projected from behind the screens rather than in front.”)
“I think it will be exciting for us to have a place where we can all meet for devotionals and especially for graduation as well so everyone can attend,” said Lisa Jones, a sophomore studying
Not only will the new building have an auditorium, but it also will have 10 basketball courts and an elevated track that students and faculty can use while other sports are taking place on the courts.
The new building will use a lot of natural lighting, except in the auditorium. Campus administration and church officials decided to go with the natural lighting because it is environmentally friendly and cost effective.
University officials have indicated that the building’s purpose will be restricted to more spiritual and formal purposes like Tuesday Devotionals and will not host entertainment events like rock concerts.
Officials said for the majority of campus entertainment events, it’s hard to sell 15,000 seats, and no one likes playing to a half-full house. The building will simply have a different purpose than the Hart main gym.
The expected completion date of construction is the end of 2010.