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South Campus Construction

EMPAC Rising

Construction on Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), located on the western edge of campus, is well under way. An opening festival for the 206,000-square-foot building is being planned for September 2008.

Approximately 85,000 cubic yards of soil have been excavated, and underground site utilities have been installed. A retention system has been installed, consisting of wood lagging walls visible from 8th Street with approximately 200 temporary and 200 permanent rock anchors that secure the building foundation to the site. Deep foundation work, including drilled caissons or piers, is nearly complete.

A building designed as both a signature work of architecture and a tool for programs, EMPAC’s building will provide artists, researchers, and audiences with opportunities that are nowhere else available under a single roof, according to Johannes Goebel, EMPAC director.

The design architect for EMPAC is Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, London and New York, designers of the Eden Project, the Royal College of Art, and International Terminal Waterloo. The architect of record is New York City architectural firm Davis Brody Bond. Working in collaboration with the architects are theater consultants Fisher Dachs Associates and acousticians Kirkegaard Associates.

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