WOW! The Chapman's Center for the Arts will be "the crown jewel for the campus!" That's quite amazing!!!
<<<A groundbreaking ceremony for the 83,000-square-foot, privately financed facility is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the site, just south of Glassell Street and Walnut Avenue.
"This will be the crown jewel for the campus," said Jim Doti, Chapman's president. "It is mainly for student usages, such as (for) our College of Performing Arts, theater and symphonic performances."
The three-story center will rise 55 feet from the ground. In keeping with historic Old Towne Orange's restrictions, nearly half of the building will be beneath the ground.
"It's a unique feature, but burying the building will help sound-wise," said William Hall, dean of the Center for the Arts. "It will keep out car noise and noise from the street, because the earth acts as a natural barrier."
Hall said considerations were taken for patron enjoyment, making sure every sightline is unobstructed and that the sound would be pure.
"Every floor will have four women's bathrooms to one men's bathroom," he said.
The center will host community events as well.>>>
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