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Shepherd holds groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of Center for Contemporary Arts

ISSUED: 14 April 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd holds groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of Center for Contemporary Arts)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 14 for Phase II of the Center for Contemporary Arts on West Campus.

Participating in the ceremony were Peggy McKowen, associate producing director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival; Dow Benedict, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Mary Clare Eros, chair of the Shepherd Board of Governors; Bob McMillan, chair of the Create the Future Campaign; Jenny Allen, vice chair of the Create the Future Campaign and president of the board of trustees of the Contemporary American Theater Festival; President Suzanne Shipley; Dr. Richard Helldobler, vice president for academic affairs; Delegate John Doyle; Steve Reneker, project manager; Eddie Kung, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture; and Dan Yanna, director of facilities.

State bond funding of $11.8 million for the project has been matched with $2.08 million in private funds from supporters of Shepherd University's Create the Future campaign and the Contemporary American Theater Festival.

The three-story, 26,000 square foot facility will include a theater that will provide the Contemporary American Theater Festival with a new performance space; four classrooms--one general classroom, two computer labs/classrooms, and a multipurpose classroom/rehearsal space; an art gallery; scene shop; prop shop; sculpture studio; lobby and related support and common space; outdoor work area; and a grey water system. The roof will be standing-seam copper, and the exterior will be clad with copper shingles. The project has been designed to meet LEED Silver Certification.

The building is designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture of New York City. The firm served as the architect for the first phase of the three-phase project.

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Participating in the ceremony were (l. to r.) Peggy McKowen, associate producing director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival; Dow Benedict, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Mary Clare Eros, chair of the Shepherd Board of Governors; Bob McMillan, chair of the Create the Future Campaign; Jenny Allen, vice chair of the Create the Future Campaign and president of the board of trustees of the Contemporary American Theater Festival; President Suzanne Shipley; Dr. Richard Helldobler, vice president for academic affairs; Delegate John Doyle; Steve Reneker, project manager; Eddie Kung, Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture; and Dan Yanna, director of facilities.

Artist's rendering of Phase II of the Center for Contemporary Arts.

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