BYU-Idaho will dedicate three buildings on campus

REXBURG, Idaho—Brigham Young University–Idaho invites the BYU-Idaho community and the public to participate in dedication services for the Engineering and Technology Center (ETC), Visual Arts Studio, and University Village Community Center. A live broadcast will take place on October 27, 2022, at 11:30 a.m., from ETC. Students and faculty members who use these facilities have been invited to participate in person; however, all are welcome to watch the proceedings online.

Engineering Technology Building

The 34,272 square foot ETC, formerly known as the Auxiliary Services Building, opened in 1974 and housed stores and reception, university press, surplus, and mail services. After a complete renovation, the ETC now serves as a classroom and lab space for construction management, civil engineering, and automotive engineering students. The purchasing and travel department still resides in the building.

The new academic space includes the following elements:

  • An automotive lab that contains twenty-five workstations, an engine lab and a tool checking room. There are also about fifty outdoor parking spaces for storing laboratory vehicles.
  • The construction management and civil engineering departments share laboratory space, including a concrete curing cabinet, soil storage, compaction area, and two teaching labs.
  • A large student collaboration area invites students to observe work safely behind glass in the automotive shop.
  • A new walking path between the Benson Building and ETC also makes it easier for students to move east to west on campus.

visual arts studio

The Visual Arts Studio opened its classroom doors for students at the start of the Spring 2021 semester.

Covering approximately 8,800 square feet, the studio houses two large classrooms for the Art Department’s sculpture and ceramics courses. Other rooms include faculty offices, a locker room for students to store projects, a hall, and larger storage areas in the back to house kilns, clay, and other supplies.

The building features ribbon windows on the east and west walls, with a skylight above the foyer that provides natural light. The building’s north-facing facade is fully glazed, allowing passers-by to easily see the studio lobby, which was designed to function as a student gallery.

Other additions to the studio include space for a carpentry workshop and a metal foundry to create bronze sculptures and a fine arts studio.

University Village Community Center

The new Community Center, which opened in 2020, serves as a gathering place for residents and their families in the University Village campus housing community.

The facility includes 6,227 square feet of indoor space and 3,008 square feet of covered outdoor patio. The interior space includes a reception, office, conference room, lounge, kitchen, exercise room, music room, playground and children’s playroom.

Indoor and outdoor space can be converted from a general open lounging area to full seating and tables where all residents can gather for special events. The outdoor space also includes two gas fire pits and a barbecue, which are scattered throughout these areas for dining and lounging.

The signing services will be available live for anyone to watch online at

Members of the media can participate in dedication services on campus by RSVPing with BYU-Idaho Public Affairs Communications Manager Adam Jacobs at [email protected]

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