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August 22, 2012

Introducing Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation

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Located on the Wilson Quadrangle between Morey Hall and Wilson Commons, Rettner Hall is scheduled to be completed by fall 2013

Construction is under way on a new building to house new programs in digital media studies and audio and music engineering.

Named for University trustee and philanthropist Ronald Rettner, who provided the project’s lead gift, the Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation is designed to be a hub for the study of arts, sciences, and engineering on campus and to provide students with a place to gain both practical skills and a theoretical understanding of digital technology.

The building, located on the Wilson Quadrangle between Wilson Commons and Morey Hall, is scheduled to open in fall 2013.

“Ronald has been a visionary supporter of education for more than two decades,” President Joel Seligman said after the University’s Trustee Executive Committee approved construction in July. “As an entrepreneur himself, he recognizes the importance of hands-on and collaborative student learning and the critical need to bring together knowledge and insights from many different disciplines.”

The three-story, 18,900-square-foot facility will feature an engineering fabrication lab where students can build project prototypes, a multipurpose learning studio, group study areas, and exhibit space for students to display their projects. The state-of-the-art facility also will contain sound and video recording studios, high-end computers, and 3-D printers, the latest manufacturing technique to convert digital design software into actual models.

“I am excited to be a part of this cutting-edge venture,” said Rettner. “Interactions among students complement everything in the classroom, and by bringing humanities, engineering, and technology under one roof the potential for collaborations is endless.”

Designed by the architectural firm Goody Clancy, the building will contain flexible spaces specifically for collaboration and interaction. The open design of the new facility has a space on each floor overlooking the level below to encourage interactive work. Rettner Hall will be open 24 hours a day.

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