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Culver Center Contract Awarded

UCR Awards Contract for Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

$12.6 million renovation of the historic Rouse Building will start Nov. 26.

(November 5, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside has awarded a $12,646,000 contract to Tovey/Schultz Construction Inc. of Lake Elsinore to renovate the historic Rouse Building for the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside.

Construction is expected to start Nov. 26 and be completed in spring 2009.

The center is the third component of ARTSblock, the UCR arts center on Main Street that includes the UCR/California Museum of Photography and Sweeney Art Gallery.

The Culver Center continues UCR’s efforts to bring the arts at the university to the community, said Stephen Cullenberg, dean of UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The center also will provide space for public performances as well as dance and digital studios for faculty and students.

“The ARTSblock is part of Mayor (Ron) Loveridge’s overall push to make Riverside a center for the arts,” Cullenberg said. “The arts in many ways are the heart and soul of the community. They make a community an exciting place to live.”

Among the project’s features are a café, exhibition and performance facilities, dance studios, digital art and digital computer studios, a 90-seat screening room, and climate-controlled archives that will house the prestigious Keystone-Mast Collection of glass plate negatives used in stereographic photography.

The Rouse Building, a former department store, is a Riverside city landmark. Plans call for renovating and restoring the 19th century building’s two-story atrium, decorative interior columns and outside glass display cases.

Funding for the project comes from private donations, including a $5 million gift from the family of Barbara and Art Culver; $8,065,000 in state Proposition 1D bond revenue (the Kindergarten-University-Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006); $2,255,000 from the Riverside Redevelopment Agency; and $1,286,000 from UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

UCR will hold a groundbreaking ceremony soon.
Future home of the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the ArtsEnlarge

Future home of the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

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