April 11, 2008
Contact: Joshua Hollis
MUW Fine Arts Building undergoing renovation
COLUMBUS, Miss. – This Halloween will be full of
treats for students and faculty of the Art & Design
Department at Mississippi University for Women.
October 31 is the target completion date for the
renovation work currently underway on the Fine Arts
Building, which was severely damaged by the tornado
that swept across campus in November 2002.
That tornado damaged 26 buildings on the MUW campus.
The Fine Arts Building, originally built in 1961,
lost its entire roof structure and suffered
extensive moisture damage which led to the removal
of all floor, wall and ceiling coverings.
Sam Wise, director of Facilities Management,
promised all new plumbing, electrical and mechanical
systems in the Fine Arts Building, adding that the
new steel frame roof truss system put in place
shortly after the tornado would allow the Art &
Design Department to take advantage of additional
space on the third floor which was previously not
“There will be a total interior renovation of that
building,” said Wise.
Patricia Donat, acting dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences, said, “We are thrilled to return. . .
. With its well-equipped classrooms, studios,
gallery, and office spaces, the renovated [Fine Arts
Building] will provide the facilities to support the
creative work of our faculty and students in an
environment designed specifically to support
students’ developments as artists and scholars.”
Renovation of the building began in February.