Buena Vista University has had plenty of construction activity on campus this summer, from replacing the membrane over the library roof, to renovation of the old science center to a new three-dimensional art facility to house ceramics, metalwork and woodwork.
Project Manager Mike Elston said the project is expected to cost $2.1 million and be completed in the spring 2008. However, the arts department will not make its final move until summer.
"The art professors have been involved with the project since the early stages to make sure that we have suitable facilities for their needs," Elston said.
The site of the new addition, directly behind the Social Science and Arts building, formerly a faculty/staff parking lot, is being surveyed this week.
A walkway will connect both buildings, as well as the display areas inside and outside of the new facility.
"The building will be highly unique with 21-foot tall ceiling and will be all on one story to give the students plenty of room to construct their projects," Elston said.
Each of the different areas will have ventilation designed for those specific arts, which will not only be good for the shops but for the outside environment, Elston said. BVU also maintains its gallery in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum for senior shows and other art exhibits for the public.
"I think the students will enjoy the new facility when it's open, I know that the professor are getting really excited," Elston said.
Work also still continues on the inside of the Social Science and Arts Hall as well. Construction has been completed off and on over the last three years.
"The reason it has taken so long to complete is because the University is committed to not starting the project until the funds have been raised," Elston said. "The first part of the project was the ceiling and roofs and we have just completed raising the funds to finish the inside of the building and we will be working that as well."
Des Moines Architectural firm ORIS PLC, founded by Johnny Boyd, designed the addition that Elston said would be different from other buildings on BVU's Storm Lake campus. Larson and Larson Construction of Des Moines will be completing the work.
At the completion of these projects, BVU's campus will have a lot of moving to complete. The Art Department with both metal and wood shops will be moved from Smith Hall. The ceramics program will move from a house optained for the purpose behind Liberty Hall to the new facility. The social science courses will move from Smith Hall as well.