The design for the new Visual Arts Center evolved from the unique nature of the arts program as well as the characteristics of the site and climate. Serving as a connection to other performing arts facilities, the building is carefully nestled into the site and its shape takes maximum advantage of the views to ponds and preserves. The center is organized into distinctive, yet interconnected pieces. The building contains studios for faculty, “clean” studios for 2-D art and galleries, and “dirty” studios for 3-D fabrications. The building reflects Eckerd’s motto of “think outside” and accommodates their vision for an open and flexible 21st century art school.