Arts hall as architectural anchor School expansion: The campus of Anne Arundel Community College will grow with the construction of a fine arts building.

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January 11, 1996|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF

MARYLAND'S four-year colleges have invested heavily over the years in fine arts facilities, including a performing center at Frostburg State University and improvements to Stephens Hall at Towson State University.

Now a community college near Annapolis has launched an effort to give its students art studios, music practice rooms and other spaces that are just as good as those on the state-run campuses.

Anne Arundel Community College is constructing an $8.2 million fine arts building that will help anchor its newly expanded west campus.

When complete early next year, the three-story building will contain teaching spaces for music, dance, drama and the visual arts, as well as a multi-purpose space available for use by the community at large.

The college's goal was to create fine arts facilities that could rival those of the University of Maryland System, said architect Joseph Boggs of AI/Boggs in Washington.

The trustees "wanted a building that says this college is creating architecture that is as good as anyone's," Mr. Boggs continued. "A building that was sculptural, not a box. A building that would age well. They're putting a lot of faith into this."

An Annapolis resident, Mr. Boggs has gained national recognition for his past works, including a $22 million headquarters in Prince George's County for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

His firm is designing the fine arts building with Santos Levy and Associates of Philadelphia. Cam Construction Co. of Timonium is the general contractor.

The two-year college was established in 1961 by the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and initially held classes at Severna Park High School. In 1967, it moved to its current campus in Arnold. The main campus has grown from about 115 acres in 1982 to 165 acres today. The adjacent west campus occupies 235 acres.

The college's primary mission is to educate students planning to transfer to four-year colleges or universities, students preparing for employment and students desiring continuing education. It had about 12,000 students last fall and expects that number to increase by 2,200 before 2000.

L-shaped in plan, the 60,000-square-foot fine arts building was designed in part to serve the growing number of students enrolling in communication arts courses. It will have 16 studios for dance, music and art, six classrooms, a teleconferencing center, a recital hall and an art gallery.

Built into a slope, the fine arts facility was designed to terminate a path that links the college's west campus with the main east campus. The building will be clad in two shades of brick, with precast concrete trim and a standing seam metal roof. Roof monitors will let natural light filter through the painting and drawing studios. An outdoor amphitheater will provide a spot for student gatherings.

Mr. Boggs said he expects the building to set the tone for construction on the west campus.

The new structure "was not only thought of as representing an essential building block in education -- the fine arts -- but also as an important gateway and focal point within the campus community itself," he said.

Documentary on Maya Lin at Maryland Institute

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation will present an Academy Award winning documentary about architect Maya Lin at 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Maryland Institute, College of Art's Mount Royal Station Building, 1400 Cathedral St.

Educated at Yale University, Ms. Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala., and other distinctive projects that combine art and architecture.

This is the first Baltimore showing of the film, "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision," which won the 1995 Oscar for best documentary. Ticket prices are $10 for members of the Architecture Foundation, $12 for nonmembers and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the foundation at 625-2585.

William Donald Schaefer elected to AIA board

William Donald Schaefer, former governor of Maryland and former mayor of Baltimore, has been elected as a public director of the American Institute of Architects for 1996 and 1997. Mr. Schaefer's addition to the AIA's board is a tribute to his efforts to improve the quality of design of publicly funded buildings during his years in office.

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