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Feasibility study approved for Texas State Fine Arts Center

Date of Release: 02/24/2006

SAN MARCOS—The Texas State University System Board of Regents has authorized a feasibility study for a proposed Fine Arts and Communication Center on the Texas State University-San Marcos campus.

The regents have authorized Texas State to hire Pfeiffer Partners Inc. of Los Angeles at a fee not to exceed $300,000 to conduct the study.

A new Fine Arts and Communication Center is one of the cornerstones of the new Campus Master Plan approved for Texas State by the Board of Regents last May. As originally estimated, the center would encompass approximately 125,000 square feet. It would be constructed along University Drive on land currently occupied by Falls and Sterry halls.

“Because of its proposed location and purpose, the Fine Arts and Communication Center will serve as a gateway between the university and the community. For that reason we invite community feedback during this planning process and hope community leaders become actively involved,” said Nancy Nusbaum, associate vice president of finance and support services at Texas State.

Pfeiffer Partners was selected because of the company’s experience in designing performing arts centers on college campuses. The company has recently completed new performing arts centers for the University of Notre Dame, the University of Southern California, Cal State-Fullerton and the University of Oklahoma.

The scope of the work to be accomplished by Pfeiffer Partners includes:

* Determination of goals, scope and programming data through meeting and interviews with the Texas State Project Planning Committee and leaders from the City of San Marcos and the local community who will be sharing the center.
* Production of a comprehensive written programming document.
* Defining a phasing plan for the design and construction.
* Preparing a detailed cost estimate.
* Preparing a construction schedule.
* Preparing conceptual design plans with renderings.
* Preparing a three-dimensional scaled model of the proposed center.
* Preparing presentation tools Texas State officials can use for fund-raising efforts.

Construction could occur in two phases, with music related venues built first, followed by theater and dance venues.

Phase One could include a large performance hall seating 1,600, a music recital hall for 400, choral rehearsal space, two band halls, practice rooms and administrative and faculty offices for the School of Music.

Phase Two could include two dance studios, a 350-seat theater, a black box theater and administrative and faculty offices for the Department of Theatre and Dance.