As part of her Inauguration speech, President Leffert officially announced the unprecedented partnership between AUSB and the Hutton Parker Foundation that will provide AUSB with its new downtown urban campus. In this new partnership, Antioch University Santa Barbara will lease the building from the Hutton Parker Foundation for a period of ten years, with opportunities to purchase the property outright.
The new campus location will dramatically increase visibility, access, and integration into downtown Santa Barbara and provide for expansion as AUSB continues to grow. The new campus, located at 602 Anacapa (corner of Anacapa and Cota), will provide greater student and public access with 9000 additional square feet, as well as a large public lecture forum, new classrooms and equipment, and an eco-friendly learning environment. ‚"This is springtime for Antioch. This is the time that Antioch is blooming," remarked Supervisor Janet Wolf.
AUSB has already raised over $1.6 million toward the remodel of the state-of-the-art facilities. Award-winning Santa Barbara architect, Robert E. Kupiec will design the new campus. Mr. Kupiec's long and impressive list of design projects include the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries, the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Poland, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.
Work on the remodel is now underway and AUSB will begin the several-month process of relocating on May 1, 2011, with a completion date of September 30, 2011. Classes will continue uninterrupted during the relocation process.