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BYU IS BUILDING TOWARD A NEW ERA WITH ARRAY OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Brigham Young University is helping keep the construction industry in business this summer.

As the university expands, so do the size and number of buildings on campus. And when older buildings deteriorate, they need a little face lift.Brent Harker of BYU Public Communications said all the projects are pretty much on schedule.

The Joseph Smith Building, which has housed the university's religion department, will be razed and replaced with a new edifice that is being constructed next to the old one.

The new building is slightly larger and will be finished in September.

When students return in the fall, they will notice the new buildings on 900 East near Wymount Terrace. One portion consists of 80 married-student apartments, which should be completed in summer 1992.

Just north of that is the new foreign language complex, which may be ready by winter semester 1992. The complex will house 144 students, who will live with other students who speak the language they are learning.

North of the Harris Fine Arts Center is a large, deep hole, representing the ongoing construction of BYU's new Museum of Fine Arts.

Scheduled to be completed in 1992, it will be the largest art museum between Denver and the Pacific Coast, according to James A. Mason, dean of the university's College of Fine Arts and Communications.

On the west side of campus the Smith Fieldhouse, which is part of BYU's physical education program, is undergoing renovation. Paul Richards, BYU public communications director, said the work will replace some outdated and worn areas of the building.

There will be new air conditioning and heating systems, as well as new lighting and fire-sprinkling systems in parts of the building.

The university's swimming pool in the Richards Building also is being spruced up. Both physical education facilities should be ready for school in September, Richards said.

The de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center will get new lighting, a new stage floor, a new curtain, ropes and pulleys, a new organ and new seating.