Summertime at SVA always means one thing: lots of renovations and facilities upgrades in preparation for the upcoming academic year. Summer 2006 is no exception, and several spaces at the College are being refurbished and expanded. The Office of Student Accounts at 209 East 23rd Street is getting a thorough facelift, and will soon have a welcoming waiting room and more office space for its staff. Studio rooms on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors are also being renovated, including new film-set studios for the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department. Nearby, at 380 Second Avenue, the College is creating new studio space on the 7th floor for the BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department.
On the west side of SVA’s campus, three floors of the building at 133-141 West 21st Street are being upgraded: the entire ground floor–including the lobby, the Info Desk and the Westside Gallery–is being renovated; the BFA Fine Arts Department is expanding its printmaking facilities (as part of the expansion of the program itself) on the 5th floor; and the Art History Department creating several high-tech “smart” classrooms on the 6th floor.
In addition, SVA is expanding the campus footprint by adding two new residence halls. The St. George Residence in Brooklyn will house more than 60 students starting in fall 2006; St. George residents will have access to a 75,000-square-foot athletic facility, complete with swimming pool. In addition, a new 100-bed residence hall will open in August 2007 at 47 Third Avenue in Manhattan’s East Village. These two facilities will bring the total capacity for SVA’s residence halls to 1,050, or approximately one third of undergraduate and graduate enrollment.
Image: An architectural rendering of the new Third Avenue residence hall.