Dr. Arnold Wilson and the Ream’s Turtle

Ream’s Turtle — Originally named Winter Garden Ice Rink when it debuted at BYU’s 1963 Winter Carnival, the Ream’s Turtle was a triaxial elliptical dome, 240’ long, 160’ wide and 40’ high at its center.

Ream’s Turtle — Originally named Winter Garden Ice Rink when it debuted at BYU’s 1963 Winter Carnival, the Ream’s Turtle was a triaxial elliptical dome, 240’ long, 160’ wide and 40’ high at its center.

Economical — “We molded that mound into the earth-form we used to shape the dome,” Dr. Wilson said. “It was free and it really produced a very, very economical building. But it wasn’t easy. Today, of course, we use Airforms and that makes it much easier.”

Economical — “We molded that mound into the earth-form we used to shape the dome,” Dr. Wilson said. “It was free and it really produced a very, very economical building. But it wasn’t easy. Today, of course, we use Airforms and that makes it much easier.”

Demolition — Demolition of the Ream’s Turtle took two track-hoes, one equipped with a 5000-pound wrecking ball that continually circled the dome, bashing its concrete.

Demolition — Demolition of the Ream’s Turtle took two track-hoes, one equipped with a 5000-pound wrecking ball that continually circled the dome, bashing its concrete.

Steel bars — Hours of battering with the wrecking ball finally produced a strip four to five feet wide through which the grid of reinforcing steel bars could be seen. If placed end-to-end those bars would have measured 21 miles.

Steel bars — Hours of battering with the wrecking ball finally produced a strip four to five feet wide through which the grid of reinforcing steel bars could be seen. If placed end-to-end those bars would have measured 21 miles.

Ream’s Turtle collapses — The Turtle had five large entrances. After extensively pounding the concrete between its entrances, a track-hoe attacked one of those entrances and that finally triggered the structure’s collapse.

Ream’s Turtle collapses — The Turtle had five large entrances. After extensively pounding the concrete between its entrances, a track-hoe attacked one of those entrances and that finally triggered the structure’s collapse.