The School of Visual and Performing Arts Instructional Center is on schedule to be completed in March 2014. Visual and Performing Arts departments will move into the facility in summer 2014 and classes will begin in the building in the fall 2014 semester.
The structural steel was completed in September 2012. A topping-off ceremony, the symbolic placement of the last piece of steel, took place on Friday, September 7, 2012. During the fall 2012 semester, work will continue on the roof, floor slabs and exterior brick wall construction.
When completed, the building will boast a 350-seat concert hall, 350-seat theater, art gallery, recording studio and state-of-the-art rehearsal, classroom and studio art facilities.
The new facility has been designed by an award-winning team of architects and technical consultants, led by the architectural firms of Amenta/Emma and Holzman/Moss/Bottino.
(l-r) In October 2011, Dean of the School of Visual and performing Arts Dr. Dan Goble joined Pasquale “Bud” Salemi, deputy commissioner from the Department of Construction Services; President Schmotter and Governor Malloy in breaking ground for the new visual and Performing Arts center on the Westside campus.
Groundbreaking for the new $97 million dollar Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) was celebrated on Oct. 17, 2011, and featured inspirational speeches by WCSU President Dr. James Schmotter, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Construction Services Pasquale “Bud” Salemi, Connecticut Board of Regents Interim President Dr. Robert Kennedy, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
The ceremony featured performances by the WCSU Chamber Singers, Opera Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, as well as selections from “Sweeney Todd” and Irving Berlin's “I Love A Piano” by the Department of Theater Arts, and excerpts from the art exhibition “Looking Forward,” featuring works by WCSU students, faculty, and alumni.
*Information and photos provided by Western Connecticut State University alumni magazine The Cupola.