at Wise Projects
Storm Water Management/Access Road ($2,000,000)
Description: This project constructs a new entrance road, major
pedestrian walks, storm water management measures, and other site
improvements. The project will (1) improve pedestrian safety by
directing vehicular traffic away from pedestrian areas and (2) add
storm water management structures to existing road and parking lots.
The storm water projects are required to complete the requirements
of the Virginia Storm Water Management Regulations.
if not funded: If this project is not funded, the College will
not be able to improve pedestrian safety by reducing vehicular pedestrian
conflicts. In addition, the College will not be able to improve
its management of storm water runoff, which will hinder its attempts
to minimize its impact on downstream conditions. As experienced
in March 2002, heavy rains in the region create severe flooding
to enrollment growth: The project is part of the Colleges
plan to enhance the campus environment in support of an increasing
Drama Building ($7,475,000)
Project Description: This project renovates the Colleges
Drama Building, which is a 10,300 gross square foot structure, and
constructs a 19,000 square foot addition. The building was constructed
in 1974. The building has never been renovated, and is in need of
general renovations, systems upgrades, and accessibility improvements
to meet current standards. The facility is inadequate for the Colleges
music, dance, and performing arts programs. Improved and additional
space is required for instruction, practice, and performances. The
music and dance components are currently located in trailers. At
times the College has rented space in town for purposes of rehearsal
Drama Building Renovation and Addition Project will provide new
and refurbished space for theater, music, dance instruction, practice,
and performances. This project will address deficiencies in the
auditorium space, poor seating arrangements, inadequate lobby space,
and insufficient wing and fly space in the backstage area. It will
include the construction of acoustically treated rooms for practice
and chamber performances, as well as areas for instruction.
if not funded: The existing building is currently rated poor
in the Facilities Condition Index due to a backlog in needed systems
upgrades. Without this project, the building will continue to face
extensive operational problems and costs. The College will also
be required to lease trailers for the program. Without this project,
the College's Performing and Visual Arts Program cannot develop
or expand its offerings and enrollment.
to enrollment growth: This area is a core component of the College.
The project will support enrollment and improve retention. The expanded
facility will allow the music, dance, and performing arts programs
to expand their offerings and to increase their enrollments. In
addition, studies have indicated that the lack of cultural activities
is a key factor in student transfers to other colleges.