South Dakota officials can begin seeking bids for renovations of the Johnson Fine Arts Center at Northern State University after a building committee within the Board of Regents approved a preliminary budget of $11.3 million.
Committee members voted unanimously Monday. They say they hope the funding will be sufficient for a number of upgrades to the center on the Aberdeen campus. Proposed changes include new seating and acoustic improvements in the theatre, lobby improvements, a new black box theatre and new office spaces in which faculty can also teach their lessons.
School officials have asked for a space with student practice rooms and social spaces.
Baldridge and Nelson Architects and Engineers have drawn up initial plans for the renovation.
There is a 5 percent contingency included in the budget.