JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)– According to the president of the college, East Tennessee State University is making progress on its new performing arts center, but the cost of building it may actually rise.
President Dr. Brian Noland said the center is now in the design phase.
When completed, it will be the home for students and faculty in music, art, theatre and dance.
The center will be built adjacent to the Millennium Center, and is expected to cost around 40 million dollars, but Noland said that number may go even higher.
“We are still working with our architects around some questions related to costs,” he said. “Unfortunately with each passing day construction costs increase, and the cost for the facility when it first went on to the Governor’s capital list three years ago, may be different then where it is now.”
Noland said they hope to start construction in the next academic year.