Room to Spread Their Wings:
M.L. Bean Life Science Museum to Expand

In May of 2011, the Brigham Young University Board of Trustees approved a project to expand the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. The museum team has been involved in a capital campaign for more than five years, working to raise funds to expand the
President Boyd K. Packer’s carving of a male blue jay
President Boyd K. Packer’s carving of a
male blue jay.
museum to better meet the needs of students and patrons while also honoring Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. President Packer, a remarkable wildlife artist, has often borrowed specimens from the museum in conjunction with his artwork. The expansion will include a special gallery displaying President Packer’s art while proclaiming the hand of the Creator in the creation of the earth.

Donors to the museum have generously provided $10 million for the expansion. Preliminary plans call for a three-level structure totaling thirty thousand square feet located east of the existing museum. The expansion will increase exhibit space while consolidating the education and exhibit teams in advanced facilities. There are also plans for existing museum space including an upgrade to consolidated and secure areas for the museum’s valuable research collections. The curators and collection managers are planning to apply for federal funds to place all of the museum’s research collections on compactors and in new cabinetry and shelving. That, along with additional square footage, will provide a 40 percent increase in storage space for the research collections.

In May 2011, the expansion steering committee reviewed proposals from several architects and selected Jacoby Architects of Salt Lake City. Bob Jacoby and his sons, Joe and Erik, demonstrated an impressive awareness of the mission of the museum, complemented by an exceptional vision for the expansion, while effectively bringing the old and the new together into a functional and aesthetic whole. Wadman Construction of Ogden has been selected as the general contractor. The architects and general contractor will work together closely during the planning and programming phase through completion of the project. Construction will start in late spring or early summer of 2012, and is expected to be completed by the spring
Site plan for the M. L. Bean Life Science Museum expansion project
Site plan for the M. L. Bean Life Science Museum expansion project.
The addition is to the right of the dotted line.
of 2013. During construction the museum team will continue to engage with students, scientists, and patrons through outreach programs, the museum’s website, and a variety of other venues. This is truly an exciting time for the museum!

All who are associated with the museum express sincere appreciation to the college and university administrations, donors and patrons, LDS Philanthropies, and the Museum Development Board for their consistent support and encouragement.