A Visual of the New Visual Arts Building
Our students, faculty and staff, and the community deserve the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment. After 40 years, the current Casper College Visual Arts building is simply not up to today’s safety standards. With expanded classroom and creative spaces and updated equipment and technology, the new Visual Arts Center will meet all required safety standards, providing users a safe, functional place to explore a career in the arts.
The new visual arts building will offer an abundance of new features that will enhance the learning experience for each student that utilizes the new facility.
When envisioning the new space, each element was created with a purpose. From the simple, yet striking features of the exterior, to the systems that will run the heating and cooling, to the actual placement of the building, each decision was intentional.
Built in 1974, the current Visual Arts building covers approximately 17,000 square feet in a one-level building. At one point, this space was state-of-the-art and provided the space needed to help our students excel. Fast forward 47 years, and this no longer meets the standards of today’s artistic and technological needs, student population, or the classes in demand.
The new, expanded Visual Arts building will solve all of the problems the current building spatially cannot. With 31,825 square feet of usable space, the new facility is nearly two times the size of the existing facility. This means that there will be much space for students to work in and exhibit their projects.
Keeping the exterior of the building simplistic will allow for more funding to be allocated to the technology and features inside the classrooms. However, the new Visual Arts building will still have a striking exterior. A mixture of stucco and metal will highlight one of the most wonderful features of the new building: a plethora of windows. From the outside, these windows will draw the eye to the unique architecture of the building, but on the inside, it will provide the best natural light needed for many of the visual arts classes available.
In preparation for the new building, great measures were taken to save as many trees as possible by keeping the footprint of the new building close the existing site. The design was meant to complement the existing buildings, old and new, on the Casper College campus.
Through our community of support, the Casper College Foundation and Alumni Association is enhancing art education opportunities by supporting the construction of this new Visual Arts Center at Casper College. With your help, we can ensure our students, faculty and staff, and surrounding community are provided improved equipment and technology, as well as safe, creative space to excel in the arts.
To support the construction of the new Visual Arts Center at Casper College visit caspercollegefoundation.org/visual-arts-center. Don’t forget to also follow the Casper College Foundation and Alumni Association on our social platforms as we cover the construction process, offer exciting updates, and dig into the interior details of the new Visual Arts Building!
State-of-the-Art Features to Support Fine Arts
If you’ve visited the Casper College campus in the past few months, it’s difficult not to notice the deconstruction of the current Visual Arts Building. After serving its purpose for over 40 years, advances in technology and a need for more space led to the design and development of a new state-of-the-art facility, providing enhancements for artists of any level to ignite the flame of creativity.
Casper College is tremendously excited to give instructors, students, and members of the community the opportunity to create and be inspired in the larger space. Along with the additional work areas, the new Visual Arts Building will offer many new technologies and systems not currently available to those enrolled in the visual arts program.
Large windows lining the entire exterior will give artists the ability to create with as much natural light as possible. Heating and ducting systems that have more control over the humidity and temperature of individual rooms will play a huge role in the new building and allow for expanded art preservation programs and proper storage of prized pieces when not in use.
Each larger classroom will allow instructors and students alike to have expanded space to explore their creativity to the fullest. State-of-the-art software, interactive boards, new equipment - such as kilns and pottery wheels, and expanded storage areas will allow students to leave their supplies instead of hauling them back and forth between classes.
The Casper College Foundation and Alumni Association is thrilled to support the construction of the new Visual Arts Center at Casper College and open the doors in 2022. Follow the progress at caspercollegefoundation.org/visual-arts-center and please consider supporting this exciting endeavor. You can also follow the Casper College Foundation and Alumni Association on Facebook and Instagram as we give you sneak peeks and updates on the construction of this highly anticipated campus upgrade.
Interested in how the exterior of this stunning new facility will look? Read more about the design here.