Foss Hall (built in 1963), VCSU’s music building, sits directly on the banks of the Sheyenne River. As the City of Valley City moved forward with permanent flood protection—protecting the city and the VCSU campus—Foss Hall is now located on the wrong side of the newly constructed flood wall.
To protect students and state assets, VCSU believes Foss Hall must be razed and its functions replaced elsewhere on campus. The proposed Communication and Fine Arts Building will replace Foss Hall and consolidate the art and music programs in one facility, which will also include the Communication Arts and the Language and Literature departments. Every student completing the general education program at VCSU will take 5 classes (15 credits) in this building. By shuffling classrooms and offices, this will also allow for the razing of McCarthy Hall.
Estimated at $25.4 million, a new Communication and Fine Arts Building will allow VCSU to retire $6.9 million in deferred maintenance by razing both Foss and McCarthy halls.