The new facilities will encompass and preserve the Institutes’ historical design (porches, etc), while providing functional space. The project include approximately 12,000 GSF. The new facilities will include assembly, office, recreational and other support spaces. ADA restrooms and an elevator will also be included.
There will be two separate structures, the Institute of Black Culture and the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, that will be connected by a bridge in the back for shared elevator access.
The new institutes will be far more energy efficient than the existing facilities. Ensuring GOLD LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council is mandatory for this project.
Design, brainstorming and hiring phase of the project began in fall 2016, with construction beginning in fall 2017.
To learn more about the project timeline, please visit the Planning, Design and Construction Website.