Communication Arts Center FAQ's
Where does the funding come from to support UW-Fox Valley?
||How Much (This Year)?
|State of Wisconsin
||Personel, Classroom Supplies
- When major building prodjects take place?
- Winnebago and Outagamie Counties share equally in the cost.
- The State of Wisconsin then provides moveable equipment (desks, chairs, media, computers, etc.)
What are the student demographics of UW-Fox Valley?
- During academic year 2005-06, 3264 students enrolled (plus about 400 students in the summer)
- UW-Fox Valley is the second largest UW Colleges campus (second to UW-Waukesha)
- 77% of the students come from Winnebago and Outagamie County, 9% from Calumet and the rest from 26 other Wisconsin Counties, 1 out of state and no foreign students
Why should a two-year campus like UW-Fox Valley have a communication and theatre arts program?
- Theatre is part of the general education, liberal arts curriculum present at all UW two-year and four-year campuses
- Students who will transfer to four-year campuses enroll in freshman/sophomore Communication Arts and theatre courses, just like they enroll in freshman/sophomore courses in business or biology, regardless of their intended academic major
Why is there a need to improve the current facilities?
- How are the current facilities used?
- Introduction to Higher Education Classes
- Scholars Series Lectures – Every other Monday
- Campus Activities Board events (student sponsored presentation such as Gaelic Storm)
- Public Forums – variable number per year
- Drama classes – acting, stage management, lighting, stage design, costuming, makeup, theatre management
- Campus drama productions - 3-4 per year, presenting 15-20 performances
- Campus music
- Band concerts (four concert band per year + two jazz band)
- Choral performances (two per year)
- Outside community groups, such as Candidate forums/debates; League of Women Voters
- Outside stage groups - Attic Theatre, Friends of Riverside, KidStage
- Outside groups make up less than 7% of auditorium use
- How many UW-Fox Valley students presently use the existing auditorium facilities for classes?
- 620. In addition students attend Scholars Series and other events in the auditorium.
- How busy is the existing auditorium?
- 3 year average: used 81% of our semester days per year, with about 170 separate event
What's wrong with the existing auditorium?
- American with Disabilities Act Issues
- These areas do not meet ADA requirements-- lighting and sound control booth, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, costume storage, stage; box office
- Health and Safety Concerns
- PCB-filled electronic equipment
- No acceptable and safe means for getting heavy items (e.g. piano) on the stage
- HVAC equipment is out of date – does not comply with current building code
- Inadequate fire protection
- Asbestos present
- Riser railings fail lateral force codes placing audience members at risk of falling
- Programmatic deficiencies
- Inadequate wing space (area on side of stage used for actor entrances/exits)
- No fly space (area above stage where scenery and curtains reside)
- Stage is too small for our musical performances
- Cinderblock construction – hard surface causes acoustical problems
- Seating is on folding chairs on plywood risers, not permanent seats
Why can't UW-Fox Valley use other auditorium facilities in the community?
- This is an academic facility in which classes are held, not a simple performance space
- While classes have a set meeting schedule, class work goes on between classes and in the evening
- Students are taking other classes; they could not effectively participate in other classes if they had to run to off-site locations to rehearse, do set construction; etc.
- We don’t have funds in our operating budget to rent additional space; payment for rental of other facilities/space would come from county funds
- Outside space is not available when we need it
What's the history of this project?
- The need was first documented in 1977
- The project has been in the campus Master Plan since in 1989
- The project was in the Winnebago County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) in 1998
- The project was removed from the Capital Improvement Plan in 1999
- The project is at the top of the current (2006-2010) Winnebago County CIP
- The project is in the UW System’s capital equipment plan for 2007-2009
What's the cost of a new Communication Arts Center with a 361 seat auditorium (2007 dollars)?
||State of Wisconsin
|Bricks & mortar
||Bricks & mortar
||Bricks & mortar
|$0.0619/yr/$1,000 assessed evaluation* (10 yr. bond)
|| $0.0347/yr/$1,000 assessed evaluation* (20 yr. bond)
Why do this project now and not wait?
- The consultants estimate inflation will raise costs about $1 million per year
*This is the cost per county household, using data provided by the County Finance Directors
**The counties hired Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc., who completed the assessment and cost
study with consultations from local construction firms who have experience with auditorium construction.
Contact Dean Perry