Groundbreaking held for new Arts and Administration Building

<p>BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Arts and Administration Building on Tuesday, Dec. 4.</p>
<p>Construction of the new 131,876-square-foot building is taking place on the site of a former parking lot adjacent to Centennial Hall. Lobar Inc. is the general contractor for the project which will cost an estimated $33,173,000 million. Completion date is scheduled for August 2020.</p>
<p>One of the highlights of the new building will be an open atrium with a skylight above for more natural lighting.</p>
<p>The building will consist of four floors. On the lower level the art department will have its metal and wood shops, photo and theatre labs, a student studio and plaster room. The first floor will house admissions, financial aid and the registrar, the language lab and six classrooms.</p>
<p>The second floor will include offices and studios for the art and art history department, languages and cultures department, and the history department, while the top floor will house the offices of marketing and communications, human resources, administration and finance and procurement and purchasing.</p>
<p>Remarks were provided by Bloomsburg University president Bashar W. Hanna; Council of Trustees Chair Judge Mary Jane Bowes, Bloomsburg mayor Bill Kreisher, and Columbia County Commissioner Chris Young.</p>

<p><em>Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.</em></p>