The Benson Building
Christened the Ezra Taft Benson Science (BNSN) Building upon its construction in 1995, the Benson seeks not only to honor the legacy of its namesake, who served as the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as the Secretary of Agriculture for the United States, but also to uphold an environment of dedicated learning.
Click here to read the prayer uttered over the Benson Building's dedication.
The Benson Building houses the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry of the BYU College of Mathematics & Physical Sciences. The Nicholes Building (NICB) sits adjacent to the Benson Building and contains additional BYU Chemistry Department facilities and offices, although the Department's central office is located within the Benson.
Benson Building Specifications
Gross Space: 192,200sqft
Net (Usable) Space: 116,870sqft
Roofing Space: 59,368sqft
We thank Thee, dear Father, for Thy wondrous blessings. Accept of our thanks and hear our petition we humbly pray as in dedicating this new structure we also rededicate ourselves to enlarging the tremendous opportunities which have come to us from Thee, all of which we do in the name of Thy beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
— Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in reference to the Benson Building