NIU unveils $23.7 million building renovation

  • Northern Illinois University students check out the renovated Stevens Building, home to the School of Theatre and Dance and the anthropology department.

    Northern Illinois University students check out the renovated Stevens Building, home to the School of Theatre and Dance and the anthropology department. courtesy Northern Illinois University

  • New features of the Stevens Building at Northern Illinois University include a 200-seat black box theater and a 330-seat lecture hall that can be configured into three smaller space.

    New features of the Stevens Building at Northern Illinois University include a 200-seat black box theater and a 330-seat lecture hall that can be configured into three smaller space. courtesy Northern Illinois University

  • Northern Illinois University unveiled its renovated Stevens Building on Saturday, just in time for the start of the fall semester Monday.

    Northern Illinois University unveiled its renovated Stevens Building on Saturday, just in time for the start of the fall semester Monday. courtesy Northern Illinois University

 
Daily Herald report

Northern Illinois University unveiled its $23.7 million, four-year renovation of the Stevens Building on Saturday, just in time for the start of the fall semester.

The building is home to the School of Theatre and Dance and the anthropology department. The state-funded project increased the size of the building by 55 percent to 106,000 square feet, according to a news release.

New features include a 200-seat black box theater, a 330-seat lecture hall that can be configured into three smaller spaces, five classrooms equipped with "smart" technology, and a new elevator.

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