CTA IN THE NEWS: Marking an occasion [at Sheridan College steel raising ceremony]
Design architect Joel Anderson, structural engineer Kevin Feldman, and interior designer Madeline Rajtar recently attended the Steel Raising Ceremony for Sheridan College’s Whitney Center for the Arts. Along with project team members, faculty, trustees, the board of directors, and students, they celebrated placement of the building’s last beam with a traditional signing activity.
During the event, Anderson also addressed the crowd, his words recapped in news coverage. From thesheridanpress.com:
What can a building do? CTA architect Joel Anderson asked that question at a steel raising event held at Sheridan College on Tuesday. The event was held to recognize the stakeholders and donors who have contributed to making the Whitney Center for the Arts a reality.
But what can a building really do? It can certainly protect and shelter people. It can provide space for people to gather and learn. But the officials from the Northern Wyoming Community College District, Sheridan College Foundation and Whitney Benefits who gathered Tuesday hope the new arts center will do so much more than that.
“Buildings are only as strong as the people who help build them, and create them and use them,” Anderson said. “With the Whitney Center for the Arts, we had a visionary group from the college and Whitney Benefits ask us the question, ‘How can you guys help students find their voice?’
“And how do we find a voice?” Anderson continued. “Artists are communicators. They communicate ideas; they express our communities; they express us as a people, as a society. And how do we design a building to achieve that?”
Anderson said the new arts center will encourage interdisciplinary opportunities, student-faculty interaction and program growth. Construction began on the arts center in the winter of 2014 and is expected to be completed next fall. The project includes 48,000 square feet of new construction and 12,000 square feet of remodeled space. It is expected to provide cutting edge space for a variety of art disciplines as well as a state of the art concert hall. College officials have also said it will allow for an additional 75 students to participate in the visual arts programs and 125 additional students in the performing arts programs.
MADELINE RAJTAR, CTA INTERIOR DESIGNER:
“Working on Whitney Center for the Arts has been a challenging project; not only for me but for our entire team. We allowed ourselves to be open to original ideas, and to learn and grow from one another, resulting in newly acquired knowledge and understanding of the project parameters, which enhanced our design and excited our client. These are the types of projects I enjoy working on most; ones that continually allow for growth to take place.”