California State University, Chico is hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking event next Tuesday for the new Arts and Humanities Building. The new building will replace Taylor Hall. The groundbreaking will be held rain or shine at the northwest corner of Taylor Hall.
The public is invited to attend. A reception will be held backstage in Harlan Adams Theatre following the groundbreaking. Scheduled speakers include CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber).
Architect Bryan Shiles will also give remarks at the groundbreaking.
A number of CSU, Chico students will perform at the event.
The Arts and Humanities Building will have 61,000 assignable square feet of space for classrooms, offices, labs, studios and galleries. In addition, the building will have a 200-seat recital hall and a 1,500-square-foot recording arts studio. The estimated project budget is $58.4 million.
Offices of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Department of English the and Department of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures will also be located in the new building.
The project is expected to be finished before the beginning of the 2016 fall semester. The ground breaking is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. next Tuesday.