Rochester, N.Y. – The University of Rochester’s trustees approved the construction of a building to house new programs in digital media studies and audio and sound engineering.
The Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation will cost $12.8 million. The building is named for new University Trustee and philanthropist Ronald Rettner who provided the lead gift that is enabling the University to begin construction this summer. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.
The three-story, 18,900-square-foot facility will feature an engineering fabrication lab where students can build project prototypes, a multipurpose learning studio, group study areas, and exhibit space for students to display their projects. The state-of-the-art facility also will contain sound and video recording studios, high-end computers, and 3-D printers, the latest manufacturing technique to convert digital design software into actual models.