Crossland Construction worked hard to make sure a wet spring didn’t stop progress on the $33 million Center for the Arts, scheduled for completion in 2014.
“The grading we put in place ahead of time allowed the site to drain pretty efficiently,” said Jeff Machado, construction superintendent and PSU alumnus.
Machado isn’t the only one working on the site who has PSU connections. In addition to several other alumni, there are eight PSU student interns on the project.
Guests driving by the construction site this fall will see crews placing the Center’s final panels of precast concrete into place in preparation for the project’s final phase.
“It’s going to be an amazing building,” said Machado. “Our plan is to begin enclosing the building in October so that we can turn our focus to the interior. This will be a building that everyone can be proud to have on this campus and in this community.”
“It is extremely exciting and energizing to see the progress,” said President Steve Scott. “As I watch the construction, I can’t help but think of all of the donors who have made this possible.”
Many people have given generously to make the Center for the Arts a reality. A seat-plaque campaign is currently underway for those who want to be part of this historic project.
“We’re continuing to raise money,” said Kathleen Flannery, executive director of university development. “Every gift is important and regardless of the size of the gift, we want people to feel ownership in this building.”
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Architects’ drawings of the lobby interior include dramatic sweeping lines, a massive grand staircase and west-facing windows that are a central feature of the front of the building.