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Former dean proposes remodeling Nordhoff Hall

Nordhoff Hall’s old age look might be changing in the years to come if enough funding is granted toward the project.

A web link at the theatre department’s website shows hopes of remodeling Nordhoff Hall by giving it a more pleasing style.

The idea came from Dave Moon, former dean of the arts department. “I would come in and it didn’t have that presence and it wasn’t appealing,” he said.

Moon decided to get in contact with Peter Greco, the theatre department chair, and soon they were making plans on designing a new appearance for Nordhoff Hall.

For the layout design, Moon chose Mark Jurey, an arts professor, to create the new look.

Jurey and Moon decided on a renovating the Nordhoff building without destroying or creating additions to the structure, but instead focusing on the interior of the building, Moon said.

The budget for the remodeling is limited, therefore Jurey’s designs show the enhancement of the existing architecture, said Moon.

External funds will be needed for the project, but nothing has been done to receive them, said Moon.

Greco said that it will be difficult to receive funding for the project because of the new Performing Arts Center being built.

The new PAC is set to have a 1,700-seat hall and a 200-seat black box theatre, its website shows.

In a recent press release, the cost for the PAC is estimated to be $125 million, and $10 million in private funding has been contributed to the project.

While Nordhoff Hall has the Little Theatre, which holds 200 people, and the campus theatre seats 400, its chances of getting the funding will be slim since private funds are focused on the PAC, said Greco.

Moon knows funding will be difficult, but doesn’t see the PAC as the main issue of not getting funds, he said.

Remodeling has started by adding new carpet with retro furniture in the campus theatre lobby last summer, said Bill Taylor, theatre manager for the department.

Taylor has been the manager for both theatres since 2000 and updates the department’s website.

The new carpet and seats did not satisfy Hillary Clinton’s event coordinators enough to choose the campus theatre for her appearance on Jan. 17, said Taylor. Even the press people for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger decided not to have him appear at the campus theatre on Feb. 20, he said.

“Hillary and Arnold’s people said, ‘it’s too dark and dingy,'” said Taylor.

Nordhoff Hall needs a place where people can socialize and not be in the dark, said Taylor.

The department switched the regular light bulbs to florescent bulbs because they take less energy, but they also give less light, said Taylor.

Taylor said that the Little Theatre hasn’t received any remodeling, but the department plans to change the seats this year.

In the east side entrance of the Little Theatre, the illustration shows accent lighting coming out from the doors and shining light through the patio with a few plants placed around the entrance.

Another change to the Little Theatre lobby will be taking the ticket booth out and making it into a waiting area or a bar.

The bar idea is not certain, though, because the department doesn’t have a license to serve alcohol, Taylor said.

This is the oldest building on campus, as the other ones have been remodeled or built, said Taylor.

The building survived the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and it’s one of the original buildings, said Oriana Havlicek, a sophomore and student theatre major.

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