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Rendering of the interior of
the Bellisario Media Center

Bellisario
Media Center

The state-of-the-art facility — made possible with a gift from Donald P. Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, along with significant support from the University — will be fully operational for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Latest

Opportunity to support the Bellisario Media Center

3D rendering of a digital panel reading Thank You Donors

Alumni and friends who support the Bellisario Media Center Equipment Fund with gifts of $250 or more will have an ongoing presence on the center’s digital donor wall — consistently reminding students they are part of a community invested in their future.

Examples of such support include:
$250 Audio equipment such as camera-mounted microphones, three boom-pole kits, a drone for filming, and design software packages
$500 A 360-degree camera and gimble stick for pop-up newsrooms
$1,000 Professional lenses and a mobile public relations lab for presentations and contests
$2,500 A camera body
$5,000 A media database and monitoring tool

The Bellisario Media Center

Open, Collaborative, Modern and Technology-driven

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

March 2021

Occupancy permit granted

Construction continues. Faculty begin moving into their offices, but building not open to the public.

Early Summer 2021

Construction complete

Full faculty, student and public access to the Bellisario Media Center.

Virtual Tour

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

Bellisario Media Center Q & A