Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Construction on the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center has begun. 

The project will construct an 85,000 square foot building which will provide high quality, performance venues in support of musical, theatrical, dance, guest speakers and other events.

Program requirements include a multipurpose venue seating approximately 1,200 guests, box office, catering kitchen, wardrobe and dressing rooms, and conference and support office spaces. A second space for a small performance venue, connected to an outdoor amphitheater, will be bid as an alternate and included in the project if construction market conditions are favorable.

The project was made possible by a $5 million commitment from Walter S. “Walt” and Virginia E. “Ginger” Woltosz.

“The new performing arts center will be a fantastic venue for a variety of performing arts,” said Walt Woltosz, a two-time Auburn University alumna. “With a son who is a film producer and screenwriter, a granddaughter who is a highly accomplished dancer, and our own work in co-writing and producing several works, Ginger and I have a strong personal interest in the performing arts and in providing substantial support for the center.”

It was announced at Jay and Susie Gogue's last Board of Trustees meeting that the building would be named for them.