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Arts complex architect selected

Holzman Moss Architecture of New York has been selected to design New Mexico State University's new arts complex.



Michael Rickenbaker, NMSU architect and director of facilities planning and construction (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

ASA Architects of Las Cruces will serve as the local liaison, bringing their in-depth knowledge of New Mexico State University to the project.

"Now we want to really begin the discussions with our architect as to exactly what the arts complex will be," said Michael Rickenbaker, university architect and director of facilities planning and construction. "We have an idea, but now it's time to actually design it and determine exactly what we will build and how many seats it will have, taking it beyond the concept we had when we drew up the arts complex as part of the university's master plan."

A series of workshops to discuss the new arts complex will begin Jan. 24 and 25. The Jan. 24 session will include a public forum which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the lobby area on the second floor of Corbett Center. Other workshops are planned for March 19 and 20, April 16 and 17, and May 21.

"This project helps fulfill NMSU's mission as a land-grant university," Rickenbaker said. "It fulfills the research responsibilities by being one of our first opportunities to create a real research cluster for art, dance, theater and music. A complex like this works best when the community is completely engaged, when the community isn't just the audience, but actually is on stage with the band, choruses, operas and actors.

"It also fulfills the university's outreach duties. By facing University Avenue and the Horseshoe, our new arts complex will reach out to our community while maintaining its traditional face."

Some of Holzman Moss Architecture's accomplishments include arts centers at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, Middlebury College in Vermont, Ramapo College of New Jersey, the University of North Texas, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Creighton University, also in Omaha.

The firm is currently working on a new 6,000-seat auditorium in Moscow, a Performing Arts Center at Francis Marion University in South Carolina, the Center for Contemporary Arts at Shepherd University in West Virginia, the Community Performing Arts Center at George Mason University in Virginia, and the Roe Green Center at Kent State University in Ohio.