Modernization of the Auditorium
The 70-year-old structure is getting a lift!
Originally built in 1937, the Sacramento City College Auditorium is more than 70 years old! The 1,200-seat Auditorium provides a wonderful gathering space for the college community, as well as a historical place for SCC's rich theatre arts and music tradition.
Modernization of the Auditorium was planned as part of the SCC Facilities Master Plan approved by the Board of Trustees in 2004. The building's age and infrastructure made it highly competitive for funding through the state bond program.
By Spring 2012, the Auditorium will be transformed
• 600 theatre seats with more comfortable seating;
• full audio system control;
• lighting catwalks;
• an orchestra pit that lifts and lowers;
• a trap floor for use in theatre performances;
• variable acoustics for high-fidelity sound for live performances and recording;
• And many more state-of-the-art features.
With enrollment at an all-time high, Sacramento City College and the Los Rios Community College District have planned to renovate several facilities at each the District's colleges to better serve our students and our communities. The update of the SCC Performing Arts Center is the latest of these modernization endeavors for our college. Among other projects, the North Gymnasium was completed in 2008 and now features a beautiful new Life Fitness Center. Construction on the Amelia Fischbacher Fine Arts Building will be completed by the end of June 2010.
This $13 million project is being funded by a combination of state bond funds and local bond funds through Measure A, passed in 2002.
Abatement work will begin June 2010. Completion is planned for Spring 2012.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the start and stop times for construction?
A: Work will begin no earlier than 7 a.m. and will end no later than 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Q: Will traffic be affected and how will it be controlled?
A: The early phase of the remodeling project will include abatement work and will generate the highest level of traffic. You may, therefore, initially notice an increase in truck passage and deliveries. Police will closely monitor and control traffic. All parking will be on Sacramento City College property. Parking policy on 12th avenue, as posted by the City of Sacramento, will remain in effect.
Q: What will I see on campus during this time?
A: The Auditorium is now closed to the public. A large fence surrounds the south side of the building. The construction crew will access the site primarily through the north side, although some portions of the project may require them to access the site through the south side. Additional signage will be posted to remind the public that the Auditorium is no longer accessible. The Music Building will remain open; the Art Court Theatre will be accessible through August 1.
For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 916-558-2441.
Thank you very much for your patience and consideration as we breathe new life into one Sacramento City College's most celebrated buildings!