St. Andrew's formally dedicated the Dell Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 27. The service, conducted by the Rt. Reverend Dena Harrison, included ribbon cuttings of the performing arts building, the music arts building and visual arts building and performances by St. Andrew's Select Choir and Strings.
The St. Andrew’s faculty and Board of Trustees identified a fine arts center as the greatest need for our school. The depth and breadth of learning will be increased as students have a veritable fine arts center in which to operate. Added space, enhanced technology, and state- of- the art equipment will provide our students with the tools and will grant them the experiences necessary to develop creatively. Not only will our students and graduates be sophisticated participants in the arts, they will acquire a level of appreciation that will serve them throughout their lives.
We invite you to become a part of this historic effort to help fully fund the Dell Fine Arts Center and support the incredible Fine Arts Program at St. Andrew’s. $23.1 million must be raised to reach our goal, which includes $2.1 million dollars to endow the buildings. To date, more than $20,800,000 has been raised from families in our St. Andrew’s community.
The center includes three, state-of-the-art, technologically enriched buildings with 46,000 square feet of space including:
• 34,000 square foot performing arts center containing:
- 400 seat proscenium theater + orchestra pit, fly loft, and scene shop
- black box theater, technical classroom, and offices
• 6,100 square foot music arts building with classroom, practice, & office spaces for the choir, strings, and rock band programs
- separate vocal & instrumental rehearsal spaces
- professional lighting and sound equipment
- dedicated instrument storage
• 6,100 square foot visual arts building, with classrooms, studios, and office spaces
- gallery for student art
- digital arts, filmmaking, lighting, and sound studios
- sculpture and drawing classrooms, and darkroom
• 14,000 square feet of covered walkways, an outdoor amphitheater, a sculpture garden, and a commons tie everything together
INTERESTING PROJECT FACTS
Although over 100 trees were removed in the building process, more than 210 new trees will be planted throughout the campus.
56,000 square feet of mulch was made from the removed trees and was used across campus to sustain the growth of existing trees and plants.
43,361 concrete masonry unit blocks were installed in building the Dell Fine Arts Center. If laid end to end, this total length would be 10.7 miles — a further distance than it is to drive from the Southwest Parkway Campus to the 31st Street Campus!
710 tons of steel – or the equivalent of 320 recycled cars – was used in the formation of this project.