April 14, 2011
Writer: Writer: Lane Stevenson

Construction of an outdoor amphitheater in the heart of Brigham Young University-Idaho’s campus is set to begin April 15. This new area, called the Central Quad, has been designed to accommodate concerts and theatrical events, as well as serve as an outdoor study area.

 The area will be constructed in the area between the David O. McKay Library, Joseph Fielding Smith Building, and Hyrum Manwaring Student Center. A specially designed trellis, made from trestlewood, will span across the quad and be similar in design to the trellis found in the Thomas E. Ricks Memorial Gardens. The wood comes from the Great Salt Lake and will be saturated in salt. “This will help to preserve the integrity of the wood and the beauty of the area for years to come,” said Rulon Nielsen, facilities planning and construction director.

 This construction project will be the first renovation to the area in 40 years. It will allow seating for 300 people in the amphitheater section of the quad. The Central Quad should also provide a safe haven from the wind because it is completely surrounded by buildings.

 “The design of the Central Quad will improve student circulation around campus and provide an outdoor gathering place to be enjoyed by all who visit,” said Nielsen.