By Kent Larsen
Construction Nearly Complete on BYU-Hawaii McKay Auditorium
LAIE, HAWAII -- The BYU-Hawaii community is eagerly awaiting the
completion of the renovated McKay Auditorium, expected for the August
22nd construction deadline in spite of months of delays. The renovated
building will provide additional space for Theatrical and arts
events, classes and for campus-wide events.
The renovations to the building are extensive, giving the auditorium
state-of-the-art acoustics and an electronic organ. Renovations also
add multimedia facilities, improved storage for theater and music
equipment and improved lighting. The theater will also benefit from a
new scene shop and an enlarged makeup room while music students will
use vocal teaching studios and piano labs and a new large rehearsal
Although the auditorium will be used mainly for some fine arts and
theater classes and performances, it is also expected to house
History 202 classes each year and the student association, BYUSAH is
planning to show campus movies in the building.
However, the extensive delays in construction have nearly kept the
building from being ready for its August 22nd deadline. First,
construction workers found bones while working on the building,
leading to a two-month delay while archaeologists removed the
artifacts. Then, heavy rains led to another month-long delay and in
the process filled the orchestra pit with mud.
But students, at least, are excited to see the building finished,
"Finally!" said Josh Smith, a junior from Kaneohe. "I really want to
see what's in there. I can't wait to go back in and see for myself."
McKay Auditorium gets an A-OK
BYUH Ke Alaka'i 1Aug01 D3
By Jan-David Tison: Staff writer
Building to open its doors after much improvement