Northeastern Illinois University – Fine Arts Building


This new 110,000 square foot, two-story structural steel building with exterior walls of masonry and precast panels houses education for music, dance, arts and crafts.  There are eighteen student practice rooms, a dance studio, keyboard and music education laboratories, a music library, and a two-hundred seat theater and stage.  Acoustics were a primary concern; including the isolation of sounds from mechanical equipment and from adjacent areas to creating an acoustically pure performing environment.  Separate visual arts studios are equipped for jewelry-making, ceramics, drawing, figure modeling, painting, sculpture, welding, printmaking, and photography. Located within a busy campus, the Project required careful attention to site use and traffic control. Ongoing student activities required strict separation of construction operations from the general population.

The George Sollitt Construction Company

Chicago, Illinois

Northeastern Illinois University

VOA Associates


New 110,000 sf, 2 story facility
Acoustics a primary concern
Music, Dance, Arts and Craft Areas
200 Seat Theatre
Professional Backstage