Publish Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:28:47 -0800
Crafton Hills College is set to break ground on the construction of the new Finkelstein Performing Arts Center, scheduled to open in 2024. The building will house instructional spaces for music, theater, and dance programs. It will also provide an improved venue for campus performances and other CHC events. The projected $41 million cost of the building will be funded through a voter- approved bond measure and state- matching funds.
The modern, multifunctional, 24,000 square foot performing arts venue will be located where the old gym was demolished last year and will replace the existing Finkelstein Performing Arts Center. The new building will include a 270- seat main theater, a smaller blackbox theater, dressing rooms, a green room,offices,a scene shop,a costume shop, as well as music recital rooms and a recording studio.
With a design that uses indoor and outdoor teaching and learning spaces, the project is already being recognized for its green building efficiencies and sustainable building operations. Shaded patios, specially designed and placed windows, and solar panels will increase energy efficiency while the drought-tolerant landscaping and electric car charging stations will help reach carbon neutrality.
The project received a sustainable innovation award of honor in energy/ operational carbon by the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The College was recognized at the 11th Annual Green Gala at Union Station in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 8.