Frisco ISD is moving forward with designing a new visual and performing arts center to expand opportunities for students.

At the Nov. 14 board meeting trustees awarded architectural and engineering services to the firm Corgan, and owner’s representation services were awarded to the firm CBRE Heery Inc. Trustees also approved the construction manager at-risk project delivery method.

“Congratulations to the fine arts kiddos who have been waiting very patiently for this very important facility, and we appreciate your patience,” Board President René Archambault said. "We appreciate you all letting us do our work so that we can bring the best solution to our kiddos, and I think we're all very excited to get this project kicked off."

The district approved a $691 million bond package in November 2018, with $43 million of that earmarked for a fine arts facility that includes an auditorium, gallery space, instructional training and office space, according to the district website.

In 2021, the district, the city of Frisco and developer Hall Group entered into a partnership to build a joint performing arts center at the Hall Park office park. However, in August the city and the school district announced they were parting ways and canceling the joint project plans. FISD is proceeding with plans to build a center for district use separately, while the city is also pursuing options for a separate performing arts center in partnership with Hall Group.

While FISD’s high school auditoriums typically seat 600 people, the new facility would allow for larger, collaborative performances between fine arts disciplines, campuses and grade levels. The center would host UIL and other competitive events, and be used by the district more than 160 days a year, according to the district website. Outside groups or partners would be able to use the facility as well.