Last week the Board of Governors awarded a contract to Carson-Mitchell, Inc. to construct a performing arts amphitheater on campus.
The amphitheater will be an open-air facility, and it will house Tent Theatre and other campus and community productions. It will include a permanent stage and tiers for 350 removable seats.
The amphitheater will be in the plaza adjacent to Craig Hall, transforming the outdoor area into an art park. Improvements will also be made to the landscape and hardscape surrounding the structure.
We will have a groundbreaking ceremony for this project at 2 p.m. April 8. Work is scheduled to be completed by the spring 2022 semester.
The total project budget is $6.4 million. It will be funded by more than $3 million in private gifts along with proceeds from the sale of the Student Exhibition Center on Walnut Street, funds from the President’s Program Enhancement Fund, reserves from the Ellis Hall renovation budget, and the office of the provost’s carryforward.
I am excited about this project. Creating an art park and permanent amphitheater will take our historic Tent Theatre to the next level. It will also provide a robust gathering spot on our campus for other productions and community events.
Grand Street underpass
We are also in the planning stages of a project to reconstruct the Grand Street underpass. The current underpass includes steep steps on both sides of Grand and is not accessible for persons with disabilities.
It is also an unattractive entrance to our campus for the thousands of faculty, staff, students and external guests that visit our campus to attend football games, Tent Theatre and events in Ellis Hall.
$3.5 million in state and university funds have already been designated for the Grand Street underpass project, and we are working to secure additional funding. Our goal is to complete the underpass in conjunction with the arts ampitheater.
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