New Performing Arts Center at CSUSB closer to reality

By on October 15, 2020

Plans for a Performing Arts Village at Cal State San Bernardino have been approved.

The California State University Board of Trustees recently OK’d the schematic design for the $111 million project, which is scheduled to open during the 2024-’25 academic year, according to a statement on the university’s website.

Plans call for two buildings to be constructed: A performing arts center and an academic building that will anchor the college of arts and letters. 

Also, the current performing arts building will be renovated to allow for expansion.

“We are excited to see this project moving forward,” said Jenny Sorenson, associate vice president of facilities and planning, in the statement. “The project, specifically the performing arts theater, have been years in the making and will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the College of Arts and Letters that have not been available to our students before.”

The new Performing Arts Center will cover 74,800 square feet and will include a 500-seat theater and music instruction space. The 19,000 square-foot College of Arts and Letters will be built west of the existing Performing Arts Building.

The Performing Arts project will be the first state-funded academic building on campus under Cal State San Bernardino’s current master plan, according to the statement.