CalArts has embarked on work to make space and structural adjustments across campus—and beyond—to better support the success of our students. We began this work in 2020 in order to shift the proximity of student-facing departments in CalArts’ main building closer together in alignment with our Strategic Framework, as well as affirming our commitments as part of our recent WASC accreditation process to prioritize the student experience and success of students.

Beyond 24700 McBean Parkway

In order to free up additional space on campus and expand CalArts’ footprint in Santa Clarita and in the greater Los Angeles area, CalArts purchased (through bond proceeds) three properties for performances, studio and practice rooms and office spaces. (Please view slideshow above.)

Vista Village
25880 Tournament Road, Valencia

This suite of former offices is located just across the street from the main CalArts campus. When the remodeling is completed, this building will house administrative staff offices and present additional space options for the CalArts community. The moves will make the Main Building more conveniently configured for students.  

CalArts DTLA
1264 West 1st St., downtown Los Angeles

This newly acquired building is located about a half-mile from The Music Center that houses the Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theater (REDCAT), CalArts’ multidisciplinary center for innovative visual, performing and media arts, as well as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

Once renovations are completed in this space, CalArts DTLA will house REDCAT’s administrative offices; the online art magazine East of Borneo, partially supported and funded by the School of Art; and the Center for New Performance, the professional producing arm of the School of Theater and CalArts. A conference space for faculty and staff use is also available.

The Cattern House
South Pasadena

In 2021, CalArts also purchased an historic property in South Pasadena that will be used to host a wide range of events for the CalArts community and the public, serve as the residence for CalArts presidents, and provide an apartment for visiting artists. 

Known as the Cattern House, it will also expand the Institute’s visibility in the Los Angeles area as CalArts hosts exhibitions and performances, continuing the arts legacy of the home over the past century. The interior of the home, with its main floor great hall, and its exterior with grounds are currently undergoing renovations, primarily to ensure ADA compliance, update electrical and other utilities, and add solar power. Faculty and staff have also made important recommendations for upgraded sound and lighting specifications to ensure performance needs are met. The Cattern House is expected to become operational by 2023.

A construction crane sits next a CalArts building working on the roof
CalArts campus construction projects

2022 Campus Construction Projects

Animation and Gamelan Spaces

When a leak in 2020 from a large air conditioning unit on the Main Building’s roof caused massive water damage—with the Character Animation space taking the brunt—it inadvertently created an opportunity to completely upgrade the space. A major renovation is now underway, conducted in close collaboration with School of Film/Video faculty, staff, and students, that reimagines the space as a state-of-the-art facility for one of CalArts’ most prolific programs when the construction is completed this winter. More information.

Chouinard Hall

The dormitory is getting new vinyl flooring being installed inside each of the residences as well as updated bathroom fixtures. New LED ceiling lights are being installed in all of the common areas and a new indoor/outdoor exercise space will be added to the Chouinard Lobby West. A major replacement is also in the works for a significant sewer line as part of a multiphased project expected to be completed by next summer. 

Chouinard Fitness Center

A new indoor fitness center will be installed in the residence hall. Construction is in its final stages and the equipment has arrived on campus. The area will be ready for use by students by the end of October 2022.

Outdoor Fitness Space

An outdoor fitness area is also being constructed on the west side of Chouinard, replacing the volleyball court. With coordination and planning from Residential Life, the outdoor recreation area will include fitness equipment, rubber ground, and large sail shade structure. Plans have been submitted to the city of Santa Clarita, and depending on the time spent in review, the outdoor area could be installed in December 2022.