ELKINS, W.Va. — Davis & Elkins College will expand its Myles Center for the Arts in a $5 million project.

According to the college, the front of the structure will be extended to include a 5,200-square-foot glass addition, doubling the size of the Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum. Seating capacity in the area will increase to 300.

The main entrance will be a two-story stone and brick rotunda.

An elevator will also be installed inside, as well as a warming kitchen and additional restrooms.

The plaza in front of the building will feature walking paths, grassy areas and a tiered seating area that can be used for an outdoor classroom. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be relocated in order to honor veterans from other wars.

Another addition is the 10-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a young couple dancing, currently titled “The Dancers.”

Construction is set to begin in early fall. University officials say it should take a year to complete.

The building will remain open during the construction project.

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