Liberal Arts Complex Expansion

Classes Began in Spring 2013

The 78,901-square-foot expansion houses 23 classrooms, a 100-seat auditorium, a media production studio, a Success Center and a Starbucks coffee shop. Watch the building go up.



Look back at the construction milestones. Click on a photo to view its caption.

LEED Certified

• Design by Ittner Architects, construction by Holland Construction Services

• Focuses on green building materials, energy efficiency and reduction of environmental impact

• Use of recycled steel and other recycled materials will reduce the natural resources needed and waste materials in landfills

• White roof will reflect heat energy, making the building cooler and thereby reducing the cooling energy cost

• Rain gardens between parking areas recharge local groundwater by slowing water runoff

Starting the Project


LAC entrance
LAC entrance
LAC terrace
LAC terrace

Fast Facts

  • 78,901-square-foot, three-story addition to be built on the west side of the existing Liberal Arts Building
  • $19.1 million Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant
  • Target completion date of December 2012
  • Space for all English, reading, speech, literature, foreign language, philosophy, film studies and mass communications classes and faculty
  • 12-18 general-purpose classrooms and 10 computer classrooms
  • Film studio, computer lab and sound booths, plus a 100-seat auditorium for film screenings and community events
  • Testing Center expansion
  • Multi-purpose computerized testing stations for written, software-based and online exams
  • ADA-compliant testing stations
  • Centralized Success Center services Increased computer access and more data ports for personal computers
  • Additional small-group study rooms
  • Faculty offices and conference rooms
  • Expanded Community Education space for adult and children’s hands-on arts, cooking, and “do-it-yourself” courses
  • Centralized Computer Support Services to plan, implement and support technology to the classrooms, labs, offices and special institutional needs
  • Second-floor Sustainability Terrace with outdoor seating
  • 320 additional parking spaces and a circle drive/drop-off area