Project File: Facilities replace earthquake damage

June 1, 2002
California State University, Northridge

Work has been completed on two facilities at California State University, Northridge. Replacing the arts and media facility destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the new Arts, Media and Communications Building is designed as a film/television production and teaching center.

The Art & Design Center serves the traditional arts such as painting, drawing, sculpting and graphic design. The five new buildings surround the original center, and expand indoor and outdoor space for work, instruction and presentation.

The Arts, Media and Communications building offers more than 60,000 square feet of space in two adjoining buildings on the south end of the campus. The facilities include traditional academic space, and specially designed space for teaching and using new technologies in entertainment and multimedia arts.

The main building houses classrooms, faculty offices, a projectionist guild-certified 13-seat screening room with 35 and 60 mm film projection, high-definition television (HDTV), other audiovisual abilities, and a photography lab for the journalism department.

The Art and Design Center provides 32,000 square feet of space around an existing 23,000-square-foot building on the north end of the central campus. The new additions contain an administrative wing, an art gallery, traditional art studios and classrooms, a graphic design studio, computer and video labs, and substantial space for student critiques.

Fields Devereaux Architects and Engineers (Los Angeles, Calif.) is architect for the project.

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