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Rendering of the interior of
the Bellisario Media Center

Bellisario
Media Center

A state-of-the-art facility that Dean Marie Hardin said will be “a magnet for students,” was made possible with a gift from Donald P. Bellisario and his wife Vivienne, along with significant support from the University.

After the design phase, construction started in December 2018, with the media center scheduled for completion by fall 2020 and ready for student and faculty and students to begin working there during the 2020-21 academic year.

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The Bellisario Media Center

Open, Collaborative, Modern and Technology-driven

Along with hundreds of scholarship recipients, the most visible sign of the Bellisarios’ support will be the Donald P. Bellisario Media Center, which will be constructed inside historic Willard Building.

After the design phase, construction is planned to begin in December 2018, with the media center completed by the summer of 2020 and ready for students and faculty to begin working during the 2020-21 academic year.

April 21, 2017

Gift Announced

Donald P. Bellisario commits $30 million to support communications students and faculty and to establish the state-of-the-art Donald P. Bellisario Media Center.

Summer 2017

University groundwork and approvals

August 2017

Benchmarking, facility tours

Faculty and staff teams discover ideas to shape the design process for the Bellisario Media Center, which will be constructed in Willard Building on the University Park campus.

Sept. 15, 2017

Architect Approval

Studios Architecture approved as architect after review of proposals submitted by more than 30 architectural firms

Summer 2018

Construction approvals, hiring contractor

December 2018

Renovation begins

March 2019

Renderings complete

Spring 2019

Construction begins

May 2020

Construction complete

Fall 2020

First full academic year begins with classes in Bellisario Media Center

Hard Hat Tour

Renderings of Bellisario Media Center provide glimpse inside the coming high-tech ‘magnet for students’

Bellisario Media Center Q & A

Desktop Backgrounds & Device Wallpapers