Soon, the ballerinas will prance and the musicians will perform in a building all their own at Anne Arundel Community College.
The school's board of trustees voted unanimously Friday to award CAM Construction Co. Inc. the contract to build a fine arts building on West Campus.
The Timonium-based company's $8.2 million bid was the lowest of six bids.
"We really never had a fine arts building before," said Edgar E. Mallick Jr., vice president for administration, planning and college relations.
"This building is going to take us into the 21st century," he said.
The 59,000-square-foot, three-story center will house 16 studios for dance, music and art; six classrooms; a teleconferencing center; a recital hall; and an art gallery.
If the contract is approved by the Board of Public Works next month, Mr. Mallick said, CAM could begin building in October and finish before the 1997 school year.
The company also will build a 460-space parking lot and a road connecting the main campus to the West Campus.
Mr. Mallick said the school chose CAM not only because of its low bid, but also because the company had experience with other colleges, including construction of the $12 million library at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Dennis Golladay, vice president for academic affairs, said an increase in the number of students majoring in fine arts, such as dance, music and art, prompted the school to propose the new building.
"Classroom space for these students is limited and scattered all around campus," he said. "This gives us an opportunity to draw all of them into one building."
Mr. Mallick said the new center will serve as a magnet to attract students and fine arts aficionados.
"We've intended this to be dramatic," he said. "I think it will be a kind of beacon . . . for the whole community."