Visual Arts Building

Image of UI Art Building

Location: 107 River St.

Campus Zone: Arts Campus

Start Date: June 2013

Completion Date: Mid-2016, with classes starting in August 2016

Cost (estimated): $77 million

Square footage: 126,597 GSF

LEED status: projected LEED Silver certification


The building replaces the original Art Building complex, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency deemed destroyed by the 2008 flood. The former complex was 126,000 square feet. The new building will be a bit larger to account for code requirements. The new building will be anchored by art studio spaces, many of which are currently residing in a former Menards building south of campus. The unique design will bring natural light into spaces throughout the four-plus story structure, and important feature for art studio spaces.  During construction of the new facility, the School of Art and Art History will continue to operate out of its Studio Arts building, the former Menards store on Highway 1.

What’s New?

(August 2016)

  • The building is occupied
  • Open to classes in fall 2016

Construction Management: Miron Construction

Architects: Steven Holl Architects, BNIM Architects

Link to Construction Webcam