SHERIDAN — Construction is underway for one of Sheridan College’s largest projects. With a $16 million donation from the Whitney Benefits Board in June 2014, the Whitney Center for the Arts is on track for its scheduled completion next summer.
Sheridan College is raising the last $4 million needed for the project.
In the summer of 2014, CTA Architects designed the building, a remodel of the pre-existing building — 12,000 square feet — and an addition of 48,000 square feet for new facilities.
Currently Dick Anderson Construction has taken over, fencing in the work zone at SC, located at the north end of the Whitney Building.
At this time, utilities installation has been completed, the orchestra pit is finished and the concrete foundation is almost done.
Music building renovation as well as basic reconstruction for the concert hall are the crew’s current focuses. The hall is a $2 million chunk of Whitney’s donation.
Beginning this week, the construction team has started pouring main level slabs.
Once finished, the Center for the Arts will house recital and performance spaces, formal and student gallery locations, a recording studio, band and orchestra recital space, office studios for faculty, a digital music classroom, a 422 seat concert hall and a new teaching space for ceramics, woodworking, sculpture and 2-D and 3-D art.
Additionally, there will be 6,000 square feet of expansion space to allow for program growth.
“If you went out and looked at the facilities [for the previous art building] it was tired,” Whitney Benefits board President Tom Kinnison said.
Not only will the facilities improve education for Sheridan College’s art students, but additionally Kinnison said he hopes to see crossovers with Sheridan High School and the community’s artistic community as a whole.
Having been impressed with Sheridan’s art community, Kinnison sees the new arts center as another chance to create well-rounded students. Regardless of if students continue their education elsewhere after their time at SC, broadening their education will make them more productive members of society, he said, and hopefully they’ll put that back into Sheridan’s community or another.