Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) Construction Update
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View a photo gallery of the topping off ceremony
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View a photo gallery of the ground breaking ceremony
The School of Visual and Performing Arts Instructional Center is on schedule to be completed in March 2014. SVPA departments will move into the facility in summer 2014 and classes will begin in the building in the fall 2014 semester.
The structural steel is progressing and scheduled to be complete in September 2012. A topping-off ceremony, the symbolic placement of the last piece of steel, took place on Friday, Sept. 7. 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.
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 Administrative Services Pasquale Salemi, Connecticut Board of Regents Interim President Dr. Robert Kennedy and Gov. 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.
A live video feed of construction as it progresses can be viewed at www.wcsu.edu/planning/svpa-progress.html.
Artist renditions of the new Visual and Performing Arts Center