Construction starts: Summer 2012
The Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is slated for expansion and is currently in the programming phase, with plans to be finalized by December 2011. Deborah Berke and Partners Architects are in the middle of a study to determine the ideal use of the expansion and thus set the stage for the architectural design and, ultimately, construction.
In addition to housing three performance venues and administrative offices for the center, the 120,000 square-foot complex houses SUNY Fredonia's prestigious academic programs in Visual Arts and New Media, and Theatre and Dance.
The proposed addition will transform the 40 year-old center, provide for new programs, including dance studios, and connect the complex to Mason Hall, the home of SUNY Fredonia's renowned School of Music.
Projected at 40,000 square feet, this long-sought, two-story addition will be the fine arts center’s first expansion. The project, targeted to go out to bid in December, will accommodate relatively new programs that were not offered when the center opened 42 years ago, and also consolidate other curriculum offerings under one roof.
A planned connector between Mason Hall and Rockefeller will enable performers and sensitive musical instruments to travel between the two buildings without being exposed to weather. Two new elevators for freight and passengers are also in the works.
Like the Science Center, this addition will honor the I.M. Pei design by continuing many architectural features found in Rockefeller and other campus buildings.