SOU to Break Ground on Theatre Building, JPR Broadcast Center Project

(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University is set to officially break ground on two new construction projects during a ceremony scheduled for June 3 at 12:30 p.m. The projects, a renovation and expansion of the University’s Theatre Building as well as new studios and administrative offices for Jefferson Public Radio, are expected to be complete by fall 2017.
The Theatre Building renovation and expansion is an $11 million project that will add a dynamic new program element to the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University and create an arts and culture hub on the SOU campus.
“This expansion is badly needed,” according to SOU President Roy Saigo. “Our theatre program has been at capacity and this project will provide more opportunities for current and future students at SOU.”
By co-locating the new JPR studios and offices with the Oregon Center for the Arts, SOU will realize efficiencies and cost savings in the project, and also improve instructional benefits for students. “Jefferson Public Radio is a vital part of our campus community, and the entire region of southern Oregon and northern California,” Saigo said. “This project will create new, hands-on learning experiences for SOU students while engaging the campus and community with the cultural and civic programs that are broadcast on JPR.”
The ceremony will take place on the east side of the Theatre Building.
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