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Summerfield Hall shaping up to become new home of KU film and media studies

Monday, February 27, 2017

Michael BaskettA home on campus — instead of blocks beyond the border — is just one of the new things University of Kansas film and media students and teachers will enjoy come fall.

A $10 million project is well underway to renovate Summerfield Hall, 1300 Sunnyside Ave., to house KU’s department of film and media studies and several other KU offices.

Construction is expected to be complete later this spring, in time for the department to move in before hosting its first classes there this fall, said Michael Baskett, department chair and associate professor of film and media studies. He said the move will include installing specialized equipment in a number of spaces constructed specifically for film and media.

“The types of work that our students can do will be greatly expanded,” Baskett said. “This is really a great time to be studying film and media.”

The department of film and media studies has been located at Oldfather Studios, 1621 W. Ninth St., since the 1990s.

That 1955 building previously was home to Centron Corp., a leading industrial and educational film studio. According to KU’s buildings directory, the company had dissolved by 1990 and KU Endowment purchased the building in 1991.

The KU School of Business vacated Summerfield in 2016 to move into its newly constructed home, Capitol Federal Hall.

At Summerfield, in addition to a proximity to the heart of campus... Read more

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