The building will house academic, gallery and performance spaces for three departments.
The Brigham Young University Board of Trustees has approved plans to construct a new Arts Building for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. It will be built where the Harris Fine Arts Center (HFAC) is currently located.
The new Arts Building will house offices for the college, as well as for the departments of Art, Design and Theatre & Media Arts (TMA). It will also host academic spaces, galleries, performance spaces, media viewing rooms, a cinema and a production studio. The other current occupants of the HFAC, the School of Music, will move to the new Music Building which is currently being constructed.
“The arts and music programs are beacons of excellence for the university,” said Shane Reese, BYU academic vice president. “We look forward to these two new beautiful buildings, both the Arts and Music Buildings, which will accentuate the amazing talents of our students, faculty and staff who work in that college.”
The building will house a large collaborative hub for Department of Design students as well as multiple art and design galleries. There will also be a combination lobby and student gathering space. A six-station lactation room will accommodate students and their families as well as patrons.
“The new building will create proximity and more opportunities for collaboration and student mentoring,” said Ed Adams, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. “Our faculty and staff are now spread over five floors and are located at the far ends of the Harris Fine Arts Center from each other.”
Demolition of the HFAC is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2023 following completion on the new Music Building. Construction of the new Arts Building will commence immediately after the demolition. The project is expected to be completed toward the end of 2025. Big D Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the project, with HKS Architects as the architecture firm.
The college will temporarily occupy the former Provo High School located on University Avenue while the new Arts Building is being constructed.
The HFAC was dedicated in 1965 and currently houses four of the college’s six academic units. The School of Music also uses the building and will move into the new Music Building upon its completion at the end of 2022.