Program managers in charge of the construction of the new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center are creating a schematic design extension for the building, according to Martin Moore, EMPAC integration manager.

The EMPAC schematic designs had to undergo a number of revisions to take into account the current excavation projects and seismic analysis. The plans won't be finalized until May 2, but EMPAC is still scheduled for completion in 2006.

This semester marks my twentieth year at Rensselaer. As I reflect upon this period, I've never before had as strong a sense that Rensselaer was moving onward and upward. Last November, I was asked by Dr. Jackson to chair the Vice President of Student Life Search Committee. Through the many conversations that I've had with students since the inception of the search, I'm now aware of the dramatic changes that have taken place since the time that I was in college-generated by a combination of societal shifts, the extraordinary influence of technology and, of course, the web.

TROY, NY, July 5, 2001 - Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, today announced that the innovative, London-based architecture firm of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners has been selected to design Rensselaer's new Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.