PROVO, UT —The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans today to construct a new state-of-the art building at the center of the Missionary Training Center campus in Provo, Utah. The new building will replace the Melvin J. Ballard building which will be demolished as part of the construction process.

The Melvin J. Ballard Building has served as home to the MTC bookstore, the MTC mailroom, the Training Resource Center and four large-group meeting rooms. During the demolition and subsequent construction process, the bookstore and mailroom will be moving into the soon-to-be-completed east wing of the Jacob Hamblin building.

While the existing Melvin J. Ballard building has two floors above grade, the new building is being designed to have several more floors above grade. The new building will house classrooms equipped with modern technological resources to be used by missionaries.

Because the new building will be built in the center of the Missionary Training Center campus, no adverse impact is anticipated for the surrounding neighborhoods throughout the construction process. However, Missionary Training Center representatives will be available to area residents to answer questions and address concerns as the changes take place.

Demolition of the existing building is anticipated to begin early in 2012, with construction of the new building scheduled to be complete by fall of 2013.