The Campaign for Burroughs is a $45 million project to build a new Haertter Hall and a new athletic center, renovate the Commons, enlarge the Quadrangle and build the school's endowment.
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A New Haertter Hall
The 53,000-square-foot Haertter Hall will sit on the footprint of the outdoor pool and the grassy area to its west. The current Haertter Hall will remain standing during construction to minimize interruptions. After completion of the new facility, the old Haertter Hall will be razed and the footprint of that building will be used for an expanded quadrangle in the heart of campus.
Programmatically, the performing arts/assembly hall will centralize all teaching, practice and performance space for the music, dance and theatre programs. It will be a smart building, marrying technology with design, to meet the specific acoustical needs of music and theatre. Designed with a main floor and balcony, the building will seat 700 students and faculty for morning assembly and major productions. The balcony can be closed off to create a more intimate space for smaller productions and meetings. The building will also include a black box theatre, costume storage, dressing rooms, a scene shop, a dance studio, a band room, a choral room, music storage and rehearsal rooms.
A New Athletic Center
The 60,000-square-foot athletic center will be located on the south side of the Olin Field House, just east of the Clayton Road parking lot. It will include a multi-level gymnasium to accommodate 600 to 800 spectators, a weight room and fitness center with cardio equipment. It will also have locker room space for visiting teams and officials, additional lockers for varsity athletes and coaches, team meeting rooms, office space and equipment rooms.
After many of the functions of the athletic program have been moved to the new facility, the Cissel Center and Commons will be renovated to create a “main street” for student activities. The bookstore, the college counseling office, several other offices and conference rooms will be moved to the Cissel Center. The Commons will remain an informal gathering space with windows providing a view of the Quadrangle.
The Quadrangle will be reoriented on an east-west axis and will be expanded three-fold to provide more green space in the center of campus for students and a venue for community gatherings.