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Center for Media, Film, and Theatre

The Center for Media, Film and, Theatre (CMFT) will create a new center for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the School of Film and Media Studies, and related arts programs.

Project Notes as of March 01, 2019

Construction continues. Exterior walls finishes are getting closer to completion, with new grey and white panels covering most of the building’s skin, and the metal scrim being installed on the building’s south facade.

The contractor has made progress on the interior, with the 2nd and 3rd floors nearly complete, as well as most of spaces on the 1st floor and concourse level.  Furniture has been installed and our audio visual contractors are completing their work. 

New equipment for the CMFT Shop, Laser & 3D Printer room, and CNC room has begun arriving, with additional risers, lighting, and other equipment scheduled to arrive at the end of this month.  Our new Screening Room is also in the final stages of commissioning, along with the new classrooms and computer and film editing labs.  The contractor has also nearing completion on the finishes in our new performance spaces.

Plaza work continues with final waterproofing and planter work occurring prior to the re-installation of the pavers.  The new entry pavilion glass walls have been installed and the courtyard and adjoining plaza leading to West 1 finish work continues as the contractor works their way out of the building’s concourse level.

Project Overview 

The original college plans had called for an additional building to house Theatre Arts next to the Visual Arts Building at the southwest end of the plaza. This building was never constructed, and the programs are currently spread out in a number of different buildings on campus. 

Project Goals

The goals and objectives of this project are to create a center for these programs, promote the college’s mission of integration and collaboration between conservatory programs in the arts and liberal arts programs, and develop a design that will provide teaching, learning, and performance spaces that promote and showcase collaboration between areas of study.


Utilizing the Perkins Eastman Space Study (April 8, 2008) report, which highlighted the need on campus for a more centralized location for both schools and identified a number of underdeveloped and underutilized spaces, the new CMFT will occupy the southwest corner of the plaza and the space between Theatre D (also referred to as the Black Box) and the Library. This space is currently occupied by the Post Office and Bookstore. Both will be relocated and incorporated into the new designs.

Ideal Location

This location will also allow us the opportunity to create a new gateway to the campus. The CMFT will help define a campus entry, while creating a sense of arrival and a destination point that will integrate the public and academic worlds at the college. 

The CMFT will also explore ways in which to engage and/or incorporate elements of the Performing Arts Center and the Neuberger Museum into the new designs.   

Timeline: Construction

Lead Agency: The State University Construction Fund

Design: FXCollaborative Architects LLP

Contractor: Worth Construction Co., Inc.

Construction Management: Hill International

Budget:  $42 million

Project Manager: Sayim Malik