Main content

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.

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


The original college plans had called for 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.

Research

Utilizing the Perkins Eastman Space Study (April 8, 2008) report, which highlighted the need on campus for a more centralized location for the 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.  

Project Notes: As of October 24, 2016 

Construction continues. Exterior walls and waterproofing materials are being erected, along with new exterior window frames, as our new building really begins to take shape. 

The contractor has already started installing the new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems throughout the building. Our next major milestone is to have the exterior of the building enclosed and weather-tight by the end of November.

The directional signs that were installed to assist our community in navigating around the new construction zones, will be in place for roughly the next two years as the project moves through construction.

Expect some disruptive noise as the contractor continues to work on the main building and begins work in the south concourse level next week.

Two new exit doors have been cut into the south and north sides of the PAC, near Theatre X.  These new exit doors allow the occupants of Theatre D to safely exit due to the construction in Theatre X area.

New construction photos are posted below as well as some of the new design renderings and original concept sketches are shown below.