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Dormitory demolition begins the process for parking lot construction

Four of BYU-Idaho’s women’s dormitories will be torn down, and the space will be used as a parking lot.

Of the six women’s dormitories that housed students for over 50 years, Annie S. Kerr Hall, Sarah Ann Barnes Hall, Edna Ricks Hall and Virginia H. Perkins Hall will be torn down during Spring Semester 2016, according to BYU-I University Relations.

The new parking lots will create 250 parking stalls for the university.

“Beginning the week of April 10, the Pioneer Lot and Manwaring East Drive Lot will be closed for parking,” according to BYU-I University Relations.

The Manwaring East Drive will stay open to traffic for the Manwaring loading dock during the demolition. The Smith Loop however, will be closed during that time.

Because the demolition will be cutting the number of faculty ‘A’ stalls, parking stalls that require an ‘A’ tag, in the Pioneer and Manwaring East Lots, the entire Kimball Lot will become ‘A’ parking only. This change will be permanent.

Courtesy photo | University Relations

Courtesy photo | University Relations

Because the demolition will also cut down on the number of ‘N’ Lot stalls available, fewer tags are going to be sold in order to maintain the same tag-to-stall ratio.

The parking lot is expected to be finished during Fall Semester 2016.

The dormitories were named after influential women who helped establish BYU-I. The signs used to designate the dormitories in honor of these women have been preserved and will be given to the families of the women for whom they were named.

BYU-I has invited the living relatives of the women after whom these buildings were named to a memorial event on April 11 at 11 a.m. in the Marwaring Center Special Events Room.

'Dormitory demolition begins the process for parking lot construction' have 5 comments

  1. April 6, 2016 @ 5:13 pm Valerie

    Makes me sad that my dorm will be gone.


  2. April 6, 2016 @ 5:21 pm Carrie

    Makes me feel nostalgic. Although it is sad to see them go, I am sure they have outlived their time. They weren’t the newest buildings when I lived there in the late 80’s. Change is necessary and useful. Thanks for the reminder of the memories!


  3. April 6, 2016 @ 5:34 pm Kami

    Oh so sad! So many memories……


  4. April 7, 2016 @ 10:30 am Barbara Stapley Shidler

    I was in Dorm 1 apartment 25 84-86. So many happy memories. I refer to Ricks College as my carefree happy years. I so much enjoyed the candle lightings (announcing engagements). At first the boys had to sign in to come up. The dress code (no jeans), the curfew. Listening to conference on the lawn. Sports games – that were lost when Ricks switched to BYUI. My awesome roommate but it perfectly as she borrowed the words of a song: “They paved paradise (and passion pit… private joke) and put up a parking lot.”


  5. April 14, 2016 @ 6:44 am Karen Solosko Collins

    I attend 1987-89. I was in Dorm 5, and 1. yes I will be sad to see these dorms go. Memories: Calling a friend across the court yard, and watch them through the huge kitchen window pick up the phone (Technology advancement :)). Dorm mates hanging laundry out on the railing in the middle of the winter, just to see the clothes freeze; first snow storm of winter semester, students jumping off the balcony (on the hill side). I had two rambuncous apartment mates who even had a water fight- IN THE KITCHEN!. Flooded the Kitchen, about 1 inch. The apartment downstairs received “rain” as water leaked through. I always wondered if the corded phones remained in these dorms, or as my daughter (who is currently attending BYU-I ) says, “MOM, we have CELL phones now. They don’t have phones in the apartments anymore.” Though she is living off campus, and would not go and check for me. :) Oh, who can EVER forget the dreaded and stessful WHITE GLOVE cleaning inspections at the end of each semester?!!!!! The apartment style set up made my living experience more “homey” and pleasant!


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