Morehead St. planning new performing arts center

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 4:02 PM

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Morehead State University officials are hoping to build a new $50 million music and performance center.

The new Music Academic and Performing Arts Education building would replace the campus' Laughlin Health Building and the Wetherby Gymnasium.

University President Wayne Andrews told the Daily Independent (http://bit.ly/1kvAyvQ) that the project missed the capital projects deadline for this year's legislative session. Andrews hopes to put it on the list for 2016.

"Then it would take a year to plan the project, and then two years to build a project of this size, which would take us through 2019 or 2020," Andrews said.

The new facility would have a 600-seat multi-purpose auditorium, classrooms and administrative offices, and an internal mall that will be used as a lobby and event space.

RossTarrant Architects, a Lexington firm, has met with Andrews and faculty to devise a master plan for construction and renovation.

The funding request for the project has yet to be determined, but Andrews said he hopes to raise private money before presenting the idea to the legislature in 2016.

"We're going to introduce this idea to our alumni and friends to see if we can begin to raise some private money that would help us start it," he said.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

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