CORVALLIS, Ore.-- Oregon State University announced plans to build a $70 million arts and education complex on Friday by the board of trustees.
The 49,000-square-foot building will be constructed at the corner of Southwest Washington Way and Southwest 15th Street next to the administration building. The university said half of the money came from an anonymous donor and philanthropic gifts. The other half came from state bonds.
The building will have classrooms, study spaces, offices, a 500-seat orchestra hall, and a 200-seat black box theater. Larry Rodgers, the dean for the College of Liberal Arts, said this is the first time students at Oregon State will have a designated building for the arts.
"I’m most looking forward to walking into the building, not when there’s about to be a performance, but in the middle of the day when we have students studying there," Rodgers said. "We might have other OSU students working on a set for a play, we might have yellow school buses outside with a group of sixth graders who arrived on the OSU campus to spend the day interacting with one of our terrific music faculty members."
The building's construction is set to begin this summer with a plan to have it completed by the 2022-2023 academic year.