Center for the Arts taking shape
renovation, expansion continues
the Center for the Arts only recently joined the campus. Once facing
Osler Drive, the now 305,000 square-foot facility has been reoriented
as part of a three-year expansion and renovation project.
The original building,
completed in 1973, ‘turned its back' on the rest of the campus,
says Mickey Miller, a senior project manager in Facilities Management's
Architecture, Engineering and Construction division. “The project
architects reconfigured the design so the main entrance looks out
over Cross Campus Drive. Now it feels like an integral part of the
Miller says visitors to
the construction site comment on the stunning view from the newly
added top floor. “It's really a different perspective,” he says.
”You see the campus in an entirely new way from up there.”
In addition to consolidating
all of TU's fine and performing arts programs under one roof, the
center will provide much more functional space. “People got lost
in the original building,” Miller says.“We've added features, including
a large atrium and a commons area, that help visitors orient themselves."
When reopened in August
2005, galleries and performance venues--including a new Studio Theatre,
recital hall and dance studio--will be easy to find, he says.
Even the interior color scheme,
once dominated by ‘70s-era primary colors, will be replaced by a
decidedly neutral palette. “We're providing a kind of blank canvas
for the activities that will be taking place inside,” says Miller.
Now that the center is
more than half completed, Miller can stand back and appreciate the
physical asset being added to the campus. “At times it's been a
challenge to squeeze everything onto the site,” he adds, “but I
think it's really shaping up nicely."
Story by Jan Lucas
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