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Architecture Firms To Make PAC Presentations

July 28, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Four architectural and engineering services firms under consideration for the Performing Arts Center (PAC) project at Western Illinois UniversityÂ’s Macomb campus will be making presentations Thursday, Aug. 3 to the campus PAC Quality Based Selection Committee (PAC-QBS), according to Paul K. Kreider, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication and chair of the PAC-QBS Committee.

The sessions will be held in the University Union Sandburg Lounge beginning at 8:30 a.m. with representatives of Pfeiffer Partners//PSA Dewberry, Los Angeles, CA/Peoria, IL. The second presentation will be at 10 a.m. with BLDD Architects/Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Decatur, Illinois/Minneapolis, MN. Sessions resume at 12:30 p.m. with OWP/P - Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Chicago / New Haven, CT. The final presentation is at 2 p.m. with representatives of Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Ltd., Chicago.

Each firm will be allowed 60 minutes to present their qualifications and to answer questions from members of the committee.

“The committee will meet after all presentations are concluded to evaluate the presentations and make a recommendation regarding which firm is deemed most appropriate for this project,” Kreider said. “Once a firm is selected and approved, the Capital Development Board will contact them for contract negotiations.”

Last February Gov. Rod Blagojevich released $4 million in planning funds for the proposed 110,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center. The PAC will house a 1,900-seat proscenium theatre auditorium, a 300-seat thrust stage and a 150-seat studio theatre for student convocations, College of Fine Arts and Communication recitals, Bureau of Cultural Affairs performing arts series events, lectures, graduation ceremonies and local arts and civic functions. The total cost of the facility to be located in the southwest quadrant of campus is estimated to be $61,571,400.

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