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Allan Hancock College Debuts Completed Fine Arts Complex

Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif., recently opened its new Fine Arts Complex to the campus community, according to a news release. The new facility brings together all of the college’s fine arts disciplines—including art, graphics, animation, photography, music, film, dance, and more—underneath a single roof for the first time. The college partnered with architecture firm DLR Group for the project’s design.

The facility measures in at 88,000 square feet and features amenities like a performance space with a capacity of 400; rehearsal space for dance, band, and choruses; ceramics studios, recording studios, painting studios, and graphic design studios; a film classroom and screening room; and labs for photography and digital media. The building also features a two-story central gathering space and an outdoor courtyard for interdisciplinary collaboration.

“The grand opening celebration for the new Fine Arts Building is also a celebration of new opportunities for the arts moving into a single location on campus,” said DLR Group Principal Dennis Bree, AIA, LEED. “Students from all arts disciplines will gather to inspire each other and celebrate creativity with a facility that connects them to daylight, landscape, and modern technology. Our design team is thrilled to open new areas for social gathering, critical discussion, and display that showcase the incredible talent of our students at Allan Hancock College.”

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