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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 September 22, 2020

The contractor is finalizing their punch list work.  We will be installing new access control and other security devices over the next three weeks and finishing a few open items.

Project Overview 

The original college plans had called for an additional building to house Theater 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 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: Punchlist

Lead Agency: The State University Construction Fund

Design: FXCollaborative Architects LLP

Contractor: Worth Construction Co., Inc.

Construction Management: Hill International

Budget:  $42 million


Design Renderings

Design rendering of new CMFT Entry PavilionDesign rendering of new CMFT Entry Pavilion

Design rendering of new Entry Pavilion courtyard from the Plaza level.Design rendering of new Entry Pavilion courtyard from the Plaza level.

Architect's rendering of the CMFTArchitect's rendering of the CMFT

Design rendering of new Entry Pavilion lobby.Design rendering of new Entry Pavilion lobby.

Architect's rendering of the CMFTArchitect's rendering of the CMFT

Design rendering of the new CMFT building.Design rendering of the new CMFT building.


Project Photos

View of the south facade of the CMFT building.View of the south facade of the CMFT building.

View of the Entry Pavilion Courtyard from the plaza level.View of the Entry Pavilion Courtyard from the plaza level.

View of the CMFT building from the Entry Pavilion courtyard.View of the CMFT building from the Entry Pavilion courtyard.

View of the Entry Pavilion Lobby.View of the Entry Pavilion Lobby.

View of the CMFT interior plaza level lobby.View of the CMFT interior plaza level lobby.


Construction Photos

View of existing plaza corner from the West 1 parking lot.View of existing plaza corner from the West 1 parking lot.

View looking at construction site of the future CMFT building.View looking at construction site of the future CMFT building.

View of future Entry Pavilion courtyard being prepared for excavation.View of future Entry Pavilion courtyard being prepared for excavation.

View of future Entry Pavilion Plaza under construction.View of future Entry Pavilion Plaza under construction.