Programs and departments that currently reside in the Fine Arts building will be relocating to different points on campus while the building undergoes renovations starting in May.
“This will be a great change for the Fine Arts department,” said Daniel Powell, dean of Arts and Humanities. The enhancements will include the addition of an approximate 400-seat auditorium, remodeled classrooms and higher ceilings. However this major renovation will cause some major inconveniences. “We’re working very hard to minimize the disruption for students,” he says.
As of now, Mass Media/Multimedia, Music, Theater, Art (except ceramics), Public Relations, Campus Printing, and the LCCC Foundation relocate throughout the campus. However, the IT Department will be moving out permanently. Many classes that have been in the same place throughout the years will be changed, while other classes such as the ceramics class will remain accessible.
“Students will have to adapt to the changes and accept their new trek across campus for their classes,” Powell said, “but it’ll be worth it.”
In November, Laramie County voters approved a $6 million mill levy to help fund the project. The LCCC Foundation collected $1 million in private fundraising, and the state offered the college $7 million to use toward the cost of construction in matching funds.
Construction will begin in late May and is estimated for completion in May of 2020.
In addition, parking will be available but also may not be convenient for everyone. Due to the construction of the new residence hall happening around the same time as the Fine Arts renovation, parking will be more confined. Students will deal with cramped parking lots or not having a space at all.
“While many inconveniences may occur during this major renovation, students and faculty will have something to look forward to,” Powell said.