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Measure E Bond Program


MJC AuditoriumProject: Auditorium Renovation

General Use: Performing Arts/Assembly/Instruction

Square Feet: 54,527

Status: Completed

Architect: Grothe & Smith

Budgeted Cost: $19,617,000 (Measure E portion)

Construction Start: October 2006

Opened: August 2008

Project Goal

Provide a state-of-the-art performance facility for the Arts Division.


This project involved the renovation of the MJC auditorium building, a facility built in 1959, which needed to be updated to accommodate new technologies. Additional space needed to be built to allow for growth in TV, Radio, Dance and Theatre programs. Additional office space was needed for faculty and staff. The vision of the Arts division was to create the finest educational and performance auditorium in our area. The auditorium provides theatre, humanities, dance, radio, television and film with space for labs, rehearsal rooms, classrooms and performance space. The auditorium now has ample storage space and a soundproof area for stage-craft construction. The performance spaces were fitted with state-of-the-art technology. Each area was engineered for acoustical performance needs. The performance environments are aesthetically pleasing with comfortable seats and with clear site lines for audience members. The new auditorium is also be the center for the administration of the Arts division, providing them with new offices for instructors and staff.

The Arts Division draws students from all over the district region to enroll in the Fine Arts at Modesto Junior College. The auditorium offers a complete undergraduate program in the fine and performing arts, and serves as a premier performance space for student productions, concerts and recitals. It allows MJC to schedule major professional artists for college and community events. It offers an attractive location for community performance groups. For over eighty years, Modesto Junior College has been the community center of the performing arts. The renovation and addition of the Auditorium complex continues this proud tradition. This facility was built with both state and local Measure E bond funds.

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Links of Interest

Acme Construction Company project photos

Auditorium Photo Montage 10/1/08 (7Mb) - October 8, 2008