Summer construction to begin May 10

Fine Arts Building in need of repair

Liz Whittemore
Photo Editor

SC4 Fine Arts Building practice room before renovations. Photo credit: Gregory Garofalo

SC4 Fine Arts Building practice room before renovations. Photo credit: Gregory Garofalo

For a while, the sound of music will not be heard coming from the Fine Arts Building. Instead, the sounds of construction will.
Beginning Saturday, May 10 the Fine Arts Building will be closed until August 15 for the construction to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) and other various projects to the building.
SC4 Vice President for Administrative Services Kirk Kramer estimates that the HVAC system for the Fine Arts Building is about 20 years old and generally lasts 15 to 20 years. The 40-year-old electrical system currently in use in the FAB is original.
The SC4 Board of Trustees approved the project during their meeting November 14, 2013 and gave a budget of $4.25 million.
“It’s in need of replacement. It’s past its useful life. It doesn’t really function properly and it’s repaired frequently,” said SC4 President Dr. Kevin Pollock during the meeting.
According to Martha Pennington, SC4’s Marketing Manager, the project has been on the college’s differed maintenance list for several years.
“That’s probably higher than what will be needed,” said Pennington, who said that Siemens, the company contracted to do the work, estimates the renovation will cost $4 million.
“It’s an expensive job, but it’s one that we need to have done,” said Pollock. “One of our biggest complaints right now is when the ventilation system kicks in you can’t hear anything in the practice rooms.”
Included in the Siemen project design is additional insulation along the rooftop to minimize system noise.
The Fine Arts Theatre will remain open for the “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” performances May 15 through May 18. During this time, only the entrances off of Erie Street will remain open for the performances.

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