Siena Heights set for new infrastructure, programs in 2017

Hide caption This rendering shows the exterior of the new performing arts center planned for Siena Heights University. Submitted rendition Siena Heights University plans for an $11 million performing arts center, the launch of a new institute on campus focused on gender and ethnicity studies, and more. ADRIAN - Changes are in the air at Siena Heights University. Construction on a new $11 million performing arts center is scheduled to start this year, an engineering program partnership with the University of North Dakota is growing, and officials recently signed a new agreement with Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The new center, set to open in time for the 2018 academic year, will be the focal point of productions and the arts as the current Francoeur Theater shifts toward hosting the music department. Construction is expected to start in the spring. SHU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mitchell Blonde said the new performing arts center design calls for 300 to 350 seats with the plan to hold multiple shows. The facility will include updated technology, more space for scenery sets and a stage catwalk. The facility will be constructed in the green space between Francoeur and the campus visual arts...

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