Felicia Kitzmiller | Herald Journal
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Restoration of the Evans Building is on schedule and on budget.
Restoration of the Evans Building is on schedule and on budget, and now Spartanburg Community College wants to get the public involved in bringing the building back to life.
SCC is asking the community to produce artistic images of the building for a public art contest. The winners will receive cash prizes of up to $500 and all the entries will be displayed in the building when it opens in July. Submissions can be two or three dimensional and are due April 29.
“We want to get as many people involved as possible in creating some iconic images of the building. It can be the whole thing, or just a piece,” said Judy Sieg, executive director of the downtown campus. Reproductions of the winning work might be used on promotional materials for the school, Sieg said.
The building itself has some interesting architectural features indicative of its 1920s construction, but Sieg said she is most excited to see the stories of the building the artists will portray.
“Every time I talk about the Evans Building to someone, they have some kind of a connection,” she said. “It has such a rich history that I would love to tap into, but I didn't grow up in Spartanburg. I don't know all of the connections people have with it. I don't know all the stories.”
At any given time there are about 100 workers on site at the Evans Building working to restore its original glory, SCC President Henry Giles said. Despite a short delay in receiving the windows that will replace the old mural on one side of the building, the project is on schedule for completion at the end of June. Faculty will move in in July, registration will be held on campus, and the building will host its first college classes in August.
School officials are in the process of ordering furniture now, Giles said, and they are having some trouble staying inside the $3.8 million budget, but he said adjustments will be made to compensate. The overall budget for launching the downtown campus was $19.2 million and $8.7 million for restoration construction.
The building is coming along great, but the school will have a challenge finding money for teachers to put in the newly restored classrooms, Giles said. The school is designed to operate with state allocations paying for faculty and staff salaries, county funds for the buildings and student tuition for activities and enhancement. The S.C. House of Representatives passed a budget that includes no new money for SCC to expand its faculty. That budget will begin being debated by the Senate finance committee next week.
“As money from the state has been cut, we're having to use more and more tuition money for salaries,” Giles said.
Despite those worries, Giles said the school's faculty and staff is increasingly excited about the new campus as it nears completion and they can't wait to share it with the community at the grand opening event in October.
“I have so many people in Spartanburg telling me they are monitoring the progress on my building,” Giles said.
Details on the art competition can be found at http://www.sccsc.edu/studentlife/locations/downtown.
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