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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 October 5, 2018

Construction continues. Exterior walls finishes have begun, with new grey and white panels being attached to the building’s skin.  Once this is completed, the metal scrim will be installed.

The contractor has made progress on the interior, with the 2nd and 3rd floors nearing completion, as well as a number 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 have been ordered and will be delivered and installed in November.  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 begun installing 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 will begin 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: FXFowle       

Contractor: Worth Construction Co., Inc.

Construction Management: Hill International

Budget:  $

Project Manager: Sayim Malik