Construction Under Way on the New Music and Communication Building
On the southeastern edge of Northwestern’s Evanston campus, a breathtaking transformation is now taking place.
Construction is under way on the new five-story building that will house the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the School of Communication, in a space that will be a magnet for showcasing visual arts, theater, performance, music, and dance.
Construction began in early July, following the groundbreaking ceremony on May 18. The celebration was attended by more than 200 individuals on the upper level of the lakeside parking structure adjacent to the Arts Circle where construction of the long-awaited building would soon begin. There they heard about the building, projected to open in September 2015, from Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, Provost Daniel Linzer, Bienen School Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery, School of Communication Dean Barbara O’Keefe, and Board of Trustees Chairman William A. Osborn.
The building “sends a signal that Northwestern is an institution that is not going to turn its back on some of the most fundamental aspects of human life and indeed of education,” said President Schapiro.
The new world-class facility “will dramatically impact every aspect of the Bienen School’s work by geographically uniting its students, faculty, and staff for the first time in almost four decades,” said Dean Montgomery. “Placing the school as a center of a vibrant south campus arts hub will bring together the performing and visual arts into Northwestern’s own version of Lincoln Center.”
The building will be situated directly east of Northwestern’s Theatre and Interpretation Center and Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, affording spectacular views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.