(New London, NH) North Branch Construction of Concord recently began construction of the Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) at Colby-Sawyer College. The new 16,000 square foot single story facility will feature a state-of-the-art black box theater, fine art gallery, studios for ceramics, sculpture, painting, and graphic design, outdoor art areas, along with faculty offices and support areas.
The College’s goal is to unify the instructional, performance, and exhibit spaces essential to its art program into one facility. The building will be located at the south end of the core campus as part of a developing academic quad. The new FPAC is being built on the former site of Colby Farm, a single-family residence owned by the College, which has been demolished. In order to reduce construction waste and preserve parts of Colby Farm, Deconstruction Works of Dummerston, VT salvaged materials from the demolished farm house to be used in future construction projects across New England, including the reutilization of the farm house’s wide plank wooden floors within the FPAC.
The new FPAC will be located near the College’s Silver Level LEED Certified Windy Hill School, an early childhood laboratory school built by North Branch Construction in 2010.
Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2017. Design for the project is provided by The S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury, CT.