Design plans for a new art center at Virginia Tech were unveiled Tuesday.
The university's Center for the Arts complex will be 130,000 square feet.
It will have three major areas:
- The performance hall with seating for 1,200
- Several visual arts galleries
- The Center for Creative Technologies in the Arts
The center will be built at the edge of town at the intersection of North Main Street and Alumni Mall.
There will be renovations to the existing Shultz Hall, as well as new construction.
"We hope that the academic programs in theatre and cinema and visual arts and design all grow from the added benefit of facilities and different artists that we're able to bring in," said Executive Director of Center for the Arts, Ruth Waalkes.
Construction begins later this year and will be finished in 2013.
It will cost $89 million and will be paid for using a combination of university, state and private funds.