To meet the increasing demands for computer-related education, BYU has announced plans for a $5.5-million, free-standing four-story addition to the 17-year-old Talmage Mathematical ScienceComputer Building.
BYU Pres. Jeffrey R. Holland said the project will be let for bids in February, with construction to begin in March. Completion is scheduled for fall 1990.The 54,245-square-foot addition will be built east of the Talmage Building on part of the existing parking lot. It will be connected to the old structure through a breezeway, which will include a common study area. Plans include redesigning the parking lot to regain some of the parking spaces lost in the expansion.
Construction will provide increased classroom space for mathematics, statistics and computer science. Additional space will be used for offices for faculty and graduate assistants.
The new addition will contain a 220-seat auditorium, facilities for 250 computer work stations and office space. The facilities also will be used for Church services on weekends, Holland said.
Grant W. Mason, dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, said the expansion is sorely needed because the departments of computer science, mathematics and statistics serve 1,100 undergraduates and 120 graduates per semester. Another 7,500 students are served per semester from other majors campus-wide.