ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Construction will start next year on a long-awaited fine arts center at Albany State University.
It comes not long after ASU announced its getting rid of several fine arts majors, at least temporarily.
Music students have managed to work in Holly Hall, but are looking forward to having more space in a new fine arts center.
The idea has been in the works for a long time, but now it's coming to life.
As part of ASU's master plan, leaders wanted to build on the upper campus, out of the flood plain.
The total cost of construction for the new fine arts center will be a little more than $24 million.
And it's in a convenient spot, where students can access from the dorms and the Billy C. Black building.
"It's going to connect to the pedestrian walk so they can walk down the library. They can walk down to the student center, and we will have dorms right next to it," explained Fiscal Affairs Vice President Larry Wakefield.
There is already a parking lot right in front of it.
"It's going to be a very open building, a very public building. We want it to be very convenient so we actually have a little turn in for drop off and parking," Wakefield said.
The new center will feature 12 classrooms and a 100 seat theater and multi-purpose room.
It will also have practice spaces, rehearsal rooms, 56 offices for staff, and a 90-seat choral room.
And the faculty says they can't wait to move into the new building.
"We anxious to get out of holly hall where we are very cramped. Once that building is completed, we have a plan to move from June to July to be ready for August."
ASU leaders say there are no changes planned in their academic offerings that would impact the use of this new facility.
They will present the fine arts building design to the board of regents on December 21.