Sacred Heart University is carrying out a renovation and expansion project at its Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, and the upgrades to the 776-seat facility e expected to be completed later this year.
The $4 million project, includes building a new Art & Design Gallery for student and faculty artwork that will double as a reception venue and gathering area before and after shows, according to a news release. The 5,000-square-foot space will be walled with panels of glass and windows to create a feeling of openness and natural light.
The endeavor also includes building a 9,500-square-foot courtyard to provide an outdoor gathering place for events and campus activities. The space will feature a large media screen and benches to allow for outdoor movies and other programs.
The project follows interior improvements to the -square-foot center's acoustics and HVAC system about five years ago, the release states.
"The renovations will enhance the performing and fine arts at Sacred Heart University a great deal and is something that we have hoped to do for some time," Michael Kinney, the university's senior vice president for finance and administration, said in a statement. "Not only will it make the Edgerton Center a destination for the Sacred Heart community, but it will serve as a valuable venue for the greater Fairfield and Bridgeport community."
The renovations are part of the school's strategic plan and will support expansion of the performing arts program," said David L. Coppola, vice president for strategic planning and administration.
"Upgrading the space and facilities will allow these programs to flourish, and it's an opportunity for community building," he said.
The school offers an undergraduate major in art and design, minor programs in both performing arts and music and a master's degree in communication, the release states.