Spring Start Planned for New College Art Center

Colleve Facilities Director Kent Andersen stands at what will be the corner of the new art center (Photo by Pat Blair)
Colleve Facilities Director Kent Andersen stands at what will be the corner of the new art center (Photo by Pat Blair)
Renovations include the C-TEL Presentation Hall (Photo by Pat Blair)
Renovations include the C-TEL Presentation Hall (Photo by Pat Blair)

Construction on Sheridan College's new, and larger, art center is scheduled to start next March or April.

College Facilities Director Kent Andersen said the project will renovate 12,000 square feet of existing space and add 42,000 square feet of new space to provide a state-of-the-art center for students in fine and performing arts and music.

He said the project is to provide a better experience for the college's students.

He added that Sheridan College has an extraordinary arts and music faculty of a quality found in four-year universities.

The new Whitney Center for the Arts will be built off of the north end of the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center. The $16 million project will include demolition of existing classrooms. The new center will be two stories tall and will include kilns for ceramics, space for painting, print-making, sculpture and other arts, and classrooms and practice space for band and choral students. The facilities director said gallery space will also be provided to showcase works by students and by visiting artists.

He said the remodel will include renovating the existing Whitney Presentation Hall, also known as C-TEL and remembered by some as the old college gymnasium. That area will be converted into music classrooms and practice rooms.

Demolition and relocation of utilities will start in January or February, and the facilities director said classes will be relocated to temporary spaces around the campus between the fall and spring semesters. The new art center is expected to be completed in July 2016.

View more photos below.

Hallway in existing art center; destined for demolition (Photo by Pat Blair)
Hallway in existing art center; destined for demolition (Photo by Pat Blair)
Doorway marks probably construction line (Photo by Pat Blair)
Doorway marks probably construction line (Photo by Pat Blair)
Student sculpture outside existing art center (Photo by Pat Blair)
Student sculpture outside existing art center (Photo by Pat Blair)
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