SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- The fourth building in MSU's downtown Brick City learning complex is now officially open, giving Art and Design students more than 85,000 square feet of newly renovated space to learn and to create.
MSU Art and Design student Tawn Dickison took classes in the old facility and is especially appreciative of this change.
"The facility was very dark and we had a smelly sink that was not nice to be around and the tiles were falling off the walls, the paint on the ceiling was crumbling," Dickison explained.
Before Brick City Art and Design Students like Dickison had classes in a number of buildings on spread out across MSU'S main campus. But those days have now officially come to an end.
"We just moved everyone here over the last summer so finally everyone is in one space and that's what we are celebrating," said Gloria Galanes, Dean of the Missouri State University College of Arts and Letters. "Students will actually be able to meet together and that will produce a synergy they have not been able to accomplish up until this point," she adds.
This newest building will houses department offices, galleries, and plenty of classroom space.
"They have cool design studio and a wonderful photography and lighting studio so they now have facilities that are worthy of their talents," said Galanes.
And the name Brick City pretty much speaks for itself. Much of the character shows on the outside of these old buildings, some dating all the way back to the 1900's. Program leaders say using these historic gems was the perfect fit to grow the Art and Design Program at MSU.
"There isn't money in the universitys budget or in the states budget to be building new buildings so one of the things we needed to look at is what space is available and how can we help recycle buildings," said Galanes.
Having experienced both the old, and the new buildings, Dickison says she's happy about these renovations and to be in a new location.
"It's close to the downtown area where art is always thriving and we have the Friday Art walk so now the First Friday Art Walk is something that we can really largely participate in as well as the galleries," Dickison explains.
Although classes have moved in the building isn't completely done yet. Renovations are still going on on the fourth floor to complete a space that will eventually be used for a Doctor of Pharmacy program."