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Predock-Designed Cornerstone Arts Center under way

For Immediate Release

Jane Turnis
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Leslie Weddell
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Building will unleash innovative, collaborative arts teaching and learning

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - May 12, 2006 - Colorado College will break ground at noon, Friday, May 19 on its new $30 million Cornerstone Arts Center, an innovative teaching and performing art center, designed by renowned Albuquerque architect Antoine Predock.

Predock, winner of the prestigious 2006 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, will attend the ceremony, which will take place on the southeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre streets, the site of the new building. When completed, the Cornerstone Arts Center will extend between Dale and Cache La Poudre streets on the east side of Cascade Avenue.

"The philosophy of Colorado College, to be on the cutting edge, demands a building that is as unique, dynamic and unusual as this building," says Donna Arnink, who has served as chair of the Cornerstone Arts Center building committee for eight years. A professor in the drama/dance department and the "keeper of the vision" for the Cornerstone Arts Center, Arnink says the building "addresses the importance of creativity and arts at Colorado College and acknowledges how significant they are to our culture and our society.

"More than any other facility, this building unifies all the disciplines. It will provide an innovative teaching map for CC; an innovative teaching map that will define our future," she says.

The 73,300-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in January 2008, is designed to be a catalyst for arts collaboration and interdisciplinary work. The architecture itself is designed to provide the potential for multiple activities to occur simultaneously or in conjunction with one another.

Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center represents a new, innovative approach to the teaching and performing of the arts, and recognizes that the future of such interdisciplinary teaching needs strong technological support. The computer and software systems will be designed to accommodate teaching, lectures, drama, video presentations and music performances; the digital media labs will have audio-visual support, as well as video editing workstations, projection screens and video projectors.

Major areas of the building include a 433-seat auditorium, a black box performance venue, a sound stage, a 108-seat film screening room, the Inter-Disciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) Space and a multi-purpose Flex Room, which can be used as a teaching or performing space. The Cornerstone Arts Center, which will have three floors plus a mezzanine at the main auditorium entry, also will have 10 faculty offices, five classrooms and two digital media labs.

To facilitate the interdisciplinary relationship between the arts, the building has been planned for optimum flexibility, and toward that end every space has been designed to have at least three possible functions.

Even the name - Cornerstone Arts Center - is meaningful. In addition to being the cornerstone of a new approach to the arts and their teaching, the building is geographically situated at the intersection of a performing arts corridor, consisting of Colorado College's Armstrong Hall, with its 730-seat Armstrong Theatre and 90-seat Max Kade Theatre; Colorado College's Packard Hall, with a 300-seat auditorium; and the soon-to-be expanded Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

The Cornerstone Arts Center's total project budget of $30,630,000 includes site and utility development, theatrical and technological equipment, furniture and professional fees.

Predock, who has offices in Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Ellettsville, Ind., and Taiwan, is the recipient of the 2006 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Institute of Architects. His work ranges from the famed Turtle Creek house, built for bird enthusiasts along a prehistoric trail in Texas to the new National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

The executive architectural firm is Anderson Mason Dale PC of Denver.

About Colorado College
Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts and sciences college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its 1,960 students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week blocks. For more information, visit

NOTE TO EDITORS: Digital photos of the Cornerstone Arts Center and of Antoine Predock are available upon request.

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