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CSU, Chico News

University Breaks Ground For New Arts and Humanities Building

Date: 11-04-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico is hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking event Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m. for the new 93,000-square-foot Arts and Humanities Building to replace Taylor Hall.

The groundbreaking will be held rain or shine at the northwest corner of Taylor Hall on the First Street Promenade between Salem and Normal Streets. The public is invited to attend and RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/CSUCgroundbreaking. A reception will be held backstage in Harlan Adams Theatre (PAC 144) immediately following the groundbreaking.

Scheduled speakers at the groundbreaking include 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 will be master of ceremonies.

Architect Bryan Shiles, partner, WRNS Studio, designer of the building, and Michael Feuz, president, Otto Construction, contractor for the construction project, will also give remarks at the groundbreaking. College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean Robert Knight will speak at the reception.

A number of CSU, Chico students will assist and/or perform at the event. Chris Navarrete and Brooke Wolford will perform a trumpet duet at the groundbreaking; the Alex Heath Quartet and the Steel Pan Ensemble, led by faculty member Hope Smith, will perform at the reception. Costumed students will be present at the groundbreaking and lead attendees to the reception wearing Bidwell-era 19th-century costumes designed and created for Department of Music and Theatre shows through the years.

The Arts and Humanities Building will have 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. The estimated project budget is $58.4 million.

Offices of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Department of English the 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 2010-11.

The construction phase of the new building will begin this month with hazardous materials abatement followed by the demolition of the existing Taylor Hall in December 2013 and January 2014. The project is expected to be completed before the beginning of the 2016 fall semester.