This summer, several major renovations are taking place in SVA buildings, preparing the College for the arrival of new and returning students in the fall. Chief amongst these projects is the construction of a student center on the ground floor of the New Residence at 215 East 23rd Street. According to Director of Facilities Peter Moore, the student center is set to open in late August and will feature a lounge area, a coffee bar and an entertainment area with a folding stage, which will be able to accommodate live music, karaoke, poetry readings and more. The center will also offer seating for 130 students and a small café selling sandwiches and other lunch items. Two long walls will provide space to feature student artwork.
In addition to the student center, Moore’s crews are renovating the Visual Arts Library, creating a high-tech “smart classroom” space, bringing in new furniture and overhauling the library’s administrative offices. In the 209 East 23rd Street building, the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department is getting renovated video and audio post-production facilities; the Digital Imaging Center is getting new floors; and the basement will house a new, state-of-the-art security command center. The College’s west side will also see a pair of renovated classroom spaces on the 5th floor of 133 West 21st Street and new classrooms on the 9th floor of 136 West 21st Street. All of these projects are on target to offer improved educational and recreational facilities to students and faculty at the beginning of the fall 2004 semester.
Image: The student center under construction; photo by Brian Glaser.