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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 room.

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


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