Saturday, March 22, 2014

Star-News: $40 Million Expansion for U of I's McCall Campus

Posted By on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The University of Idaho has a $40 million plan to completely renovate its McCall campus.

The McCall Star-News reports that the rebuild and expansion could take 10-15 years, beginning with the tear-down of all but one of the current buildings on the field campus, located next to Ponderosa State Park. Ultimately, nearly two dozen new buildings would be constructed in their place, serving as classrooms and housing for U of I students.

The U of I McCall Field Campus is nearly 75 years old but the university only acquired the 4-acre site in 2012 through a purchase from the Idaho Department of Lands.

Meanwhile, a group of fine-arts proponents want the U of I to consider building a performing arts center as part of the McCall Field Campus expansion. The Star-News reports that the arts groups would like to see the university expand its existing plan for a 225-seat auditorium to include facilities for concerts and plays.

A spokesman for the McCall Music Society told the Star-News that they have already met twice with U of I officials to make their pitch. The music society says it has already pledged the money to draft conceptual plans for review by the university, but the actual expansion cost could run into the millions.

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