UNT Breaks Ground on New Art Building


University of North Texas officials will soon break ground on a new four-story addition for the College of Visual Arts and Design.


The groundbreaking is set for Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. in the Lightwell Gallery. The new building will feature a multi-purpose courtyard at the heart of the building, a rooftop dye garden, and over 180 spaces for education programs. The new building is also expected to achieve silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for new high environmental standards.

“This project will unite innovation with tradition and further establish that UNT has one of best art schools in the nation,” said Dean Greg Watts.

The project is estimated to cost about $70 million and is set to be completed in fall 2018. The original Art Building was built in the 1970s. During construction, the UNT Art Gallery will remain closed along with Parking in Lot 50, to the east of the building.


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