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SCVNews.com | CalArts Expands Campus with Purchase of Vista Village Medical Building

The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia is expanding its footprint with the recent purchase of the Vista Village medical building adjacent to the existing campus.

To make the main building more student-friendly, CalArts acquired an adjacent property on Tournament Road known as Vista Village. Various administrative units, including Accounting, Human Resources, and Finance, among others, will relocate to the new location, freeing up space in the main building for student-related services as well as meeting spaces.

In addition to the purchase of Vista Village, CalArts is expanding and renovating existing campus spaces.

A large air conditioner leak on the roof of the main building caused extensive water damage, with the Character Animation area taking the brunt of the damage. However, it created an opportunity to completely update the space.

A major renovation is now underway in close collaboration with faculty, staff and students from the School of Film/Video, reimagining the space as a state-of-the-art facility for one of CalArts’ most prolific programs. Construction is expected to be completed this winter.

“We were able to design the space specifically for animation,” said Sarah Matov, vice director of capital facilities planning. “Every detail takes into account how students will learn and work, and the ways faculty will teach in the new space.”

This summer, the roofs of the A and E districts of the Main Building are also being repaired. Renovations are also taking place in Chouinard Hall, with new vinyl flooring being installed inside each residence hall, as well as updated bathroom fixtures. New LED ceiling lights are being installed in all common areas, and a new indoor/outdoor gym will be added to Chouinard Lobby West. Major replacement work is also underway on a significant sewer line as part of a multi-phase project that is expected to be completed by next summer.

The recently purchased property, located in downtown Los Angeles, provides much-needed administrative space for REDCAT and other academic units. When REDCAT opened nearly two decades ago, the lack of office space became apparent almost immediately. This new building, located at 1264 West 1st St. at, about half a mile from The Music Center, where REDCAT is located. The offices also house East Borneo, an online arts magazine supported and funded in part by the School of the Arts and the Center for New Performances, the professional production arm of the School of Theater and CalArts. Conference space is also available for faculty and staff use.

Last summer, CalArts also purchased a historic property in South Pasadena that will be used to host a wide range of events for CalArts and the public, serve as a residence for CalArts presidents, and provide housing for visiting artists.

Known as the Cattern House, it will also expand the institute’s visibility in the Los Angeles area as CalArts hosts exhibitions and performances, continuing the house’s legacy of art over the past century. The interior of the home, with its main floor great hall and outdoor space, is currently being renovated, primarily to ensure ADA compliance, update electrical and other utilities, and add solar power.

Faculty and staff also made important recommendations for upgraded sound and lighting specifications to meet performance requirements. Cattern House is expected to be operational next year.

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