The programming phase for the new fine arts building is nearly complete. Building desires and requirements have been put to paper and funding is being calculated and pursued.
Last year, plans for this new fine arts building were set into motion.
The first two stages of the project involved establishing goals and objectives for the building, then gathering information about what the future building would be like.
“You start with this big pile of information and then you try to get it refined, defined and into something,” Christy Jordan, director of Capital Planning and Space Management, said. “This is not necessarily a linear thing. It’s a lot of (refining).”
Architect firms HGA, which specializes in fine arts buildings, and LCA, a local firm, have been working with an assortment of individuals to discuss initial building plans, including functions and space requirements.
“Delving into the many purposes that the building needs to be used for…fine arts could cover fabric or it could cover acids. Its environment needs in the building could be very varied compared to classrooms,” said Suzanne Seigneur, TDM communications and outreach coordinator for Campus Planning & Facilities.
According to Jordan, the programming phase of a building project consists of research and decision making which
identified the scope of work which will be put into constructing the building.
“You want to think grand. You want to try to anticipate as much growth as you can. You want to it be kind of a best case scenario, but then after there’s the cost on things getting put together, then it often becomes apparent that the two don’t match,” Jordan said.
While a concrete budget has yet to be decided upon, Laura Simic, vice president of University Advancement, said an estimated cost has been established, and the plans for making that estimate happen have been discussed.
“We’re very early in the fundraising process,” Simic said. “We know that the building is going to be an approximately $35 million facility and it’s anticipated that will be about $25 million funded through the university’s bonding capacity and we (will) seek to raise about $10 million in private funds.”
Simic explained in addition to the bonding (basically a line of credit which the university will repay over time) administrators will seek out gifts from
donors who will most likely have a passion for the fine arts.
Once the funding package has been established, the building requirements and estimated cost can be presented to and then approved by the State Board of Education.
Art students said they have high hopes for what this new fine arts building will provide them and the art department as a whole.
Craig Heath, drawing and painting major, said he is looking forward to having a building that unites the art department and is technologically and functionally updated.
“I feel a lot of the equipment that we have is outdated and the classrooms are just old,” Heath said.
In addition to more updated art department amenities, art students also said they look forward to not being spread out all over campus.
“What I hope for it to accomplish is a better art community because at this point we are divided between different buildings,” said Catina Crum, senior drawing and painting major. “To have a building that is completely designed just for artists, that’s going to be a substantial step forward for the art department.”
For more detailed information on the building process see this article at Arbiteronline.com.