New Arts and Humanities Building Breaks Ground

Arts building groundbreaking

A ceremonial ground breaking was held Nov. 12 to kick off construction of the new 93,000-square-foot Arts and Humanities Building, which will replace Taylor Hall.

With completion aimed for summer 2016, the Arts and Humanities Building will offer 61,000 assignable square feet of space for classrooms, offices, labs, studios, and galleries. In addition, the building will have a 200-seat recital hall and a 1,500-square-foot recording arts studio.

Offices of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts; the Department of English; and Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will also be located in the new building.

Construction funds for the new building were secured for the project through a state bond sale Oct. 9. Design funding for the project was received in 2010–2011. The estimated project budget is $58.4 million.

Speakers at the event included CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, Vice President for Business and Finance Lori Hoffman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Belle Wei, and State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber). Vice President for Advancement Rick Ellison served as the master of ceremonies.

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean Robert Knight spoke at the reception that followed backstage in Harlen Adams Theatre.

Since the ground breaking, construction crews have conducted hazardous materials abatement and begun demolition of the existing Taylor Hall, expected to continue into January 2014.

—Photo by Kate Adams

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