Crested Butte Center for the Arts

Designed as a reflection of the community’s distinctive culture and geography, visitors and community members alike are meant to feel at home in the space. The faceted main roof recalls the gabled roofs of the historic town buildings and the angular silhouette of near-by Mt. Crested Butte. The multipurpose, double-height lobby under the central roof combines massive wood structural members, textured copper, and rich fabrics within floor-to-ceiling glass walls to create a warm interior environment. As the Center’s hub, the lobby connects users to the 300-seat theatre, art gallery, dance spaces, and art studios.

Manhattan School of Music, Neidorff-Karpati Hall

Manhattan School of Music is recognized as a premier international conservatory that has trained some of the world’s most celebrated performing artists and has upheld a tradition of excellence in music education for nearly a century. Addressing a series of limitations in the 1931 Auditorium, a new modifiable, one-piece orchestra shell will transform the stage’s acoustical environment to accommodate a full range of musical genres. Additionally, the distinct neo-deco character of the space will be enhanced with updated Interior elements such as textured wall moldings, new house lighting and seating, brass exit signs and unique chair railings.

McAllen Performing Arts Center

The McAllen Performing Arts Center serves as an artistic hub of this rapidly growing metropolitan community. The 1800-seat multi-purpose performance hall features design elements inspired by the rich heritage of the lower Rio Grande Valley. The colors of McAllen’s bougainvillea are found in richly-hued seating and curtain materials while native Texas mesquite and pecan trees are celebrated in detailed mill work. Adjustable acoustics can easily accommodate the variety of local cultural groups, touring music, Broadway performance, and cross-border road shows presented.

University of Southern Indiana – Performance Center

From the earliest program discussions, there was no equivocation, the University of Southern Indiana wanted a thrust theatre to suite their educational and greater community purposes. This arrangement allows students to perform alongside professional actors in an intimate setting. The distinctive feature of the Performance Center is the electrified side walls to the stage. Light modulates the walls furnishing a multiple series of possibilities for presentation and teaching. Electrifying the side walls adds richness for theatrical presentations and the ability to alter the character of the space prior, during and after presentations.

Fox Berkshire

At Fox Berkshire, moviegoers are meant to have a social and comfortable experience. The lobby, a space defined by an upturned roof structure and transparent walls, features open areas and plush seating that encourage relaxation and interaction. Custom developed carpet, large-format posters, and bold signage infuse the space with dynamic energy. The theaters themselves feature large recliners so that patrons can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

University of North Texas, Lucille “Lupe” Murchison Performing Arts Center

The Murchison Performing Arts Center functions as both a performance and teaching venue which is tailored to meet the needs of the music program at the University of North Texas.  Suffused with soft, natural light and enveloped by a richly colored interior, the concert hall possesses a sense of intimacy that belies its large seating capacity.  The main hall is an unintimidating space for novice performers to hone their presentation abilities. The lyric theater allows for the staging of small-scale operatic, musical, and experimental vocal performances. Highly visible to commuters on Interstate 35, the rising curved metal roof of the concert hall and the sweeping arc of the glass and clay-wall lobby create a recognizable landmark.  The mix of variously textured Texas limestone, illuminated tile and brick establish the center as a gateway to the university and a distinctive physical presence commensurate with the quality and sophistication of the music program.  Earning immediate critical and public acclaim, the center has joined the ranks of the finest performing arts complexes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Western Connecticut State University, Visual and Performing Arts Center

This project, located on the University’s second campus, organizes and provides clarity to the various grouping of residence halls, sports facilities, and parking areas on a sylvan hilltop. The strong geometric arrangement of building shapes and landscape patterns highlights the entries into the facility and establishes a common central green space for the campus. The arts center is both a bustling academic environment as well as the most visited public place on the campus. As such, the new building provides a strong foundation for future campus development and invites the public to experience the arts.

New Mexico State University, Associated Students of NMSU Center for the Arts

Located at a prominent entry point to a previously introverted campus, the Center serves as a gateway for the community. Drawing from the geographical context, the building is inspired by Southwestern colors, materials, and topography. An ‘arroyo,’ a land formation typical of New Mexico, became inspiration for the multi-story lobby, which resembles a pathway carved by running water in a flat desert environment. Travertine walls, large skylights, site specific murals, and a series of terraces oriented for views of the iconic Organ Mountain range all serve to connect the building to its surrounding landscape.

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center

Located in a historic downtown neighborhood, the Performing Arts Center is the cultural anchor of a redevelopment district.  The 1,800 seat multi-purpose proscenium theater has a movable acoustical ceiling and wall panels within the stage house to accommodate a wide variety of performances from large-scale traveling productions to symphonic orchestra performances.  The striking glass lobby is a story of local pride. The Tulip Poplar, Kentucky’s state tree, is featured in the custom-fabric wall covering and one-of-a-kind chandelier, while the Goldenrod-patterned carpet pays tribute to the state flower.

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Resulting from a partnership between a range of public and private entities, the Performing Arts Center at Francis Marion University forms a new regional artistic hub, attracting audiences from the area and offering educational programs for students at the university.Hosting multiple academic, professional, local, and touring performing arts groups, the main 900-seat multi-purpose hall accommodates a range of performance genres. A patented moveable, one-piece orchestra shell transforms the auditorium from a music environment to a full stage house for theatrical presentations, ensuring optimal acoustics in either setting. Located near the recently completed main library, little theater and future museum, the Center forms an anchor for a growing downtown Florence cultural district.

Kent State University, Roe Green Center

The Roe Green Center provides unified, expanded and improved facilities for the School of Theatre and Dance.  With vigorously shaped additions that include a 200-seat black-box theater, three dance studios, and a new lobby, a formerly unremarkable building is metamorphosed into a beacon for the arts.  The banding of multi-colored materials, and use of variously sized masonry blocks with differing finishes, lend the building a sense of rhythm that captures attention when approached from the main campus drive. The Center’s richly textured cantilevered surfaces dapple sunlight in the day, and glow when illuminated at night.

Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University

Three distinct public institutions, (George Mason University, City of Manassas, and Prince William County) armed with a far-reaching vision and persistence, have brought about a singular performing arts facility, the Hylton Performing Arts Center that meets the needs of a multitude of civic and academic constituents. Committed to creating a place special to all, meetings were held throughout the entire process with university personnel and community arts groups to ensure that the final outcome would meet the needs of all the participants. The opera-style performance hall represents a benchmark in modern theater design in terms of compact layout and audience interaction. The tight horseshoe shape and three vertical tiers of boxes create a setting in which no seat is farther than 90 feet from the proscenium. Now, truly a landmark, the building is a key component in the formation of a cultural hub in the region.

Shepherd University Center for Contemporary Arts

Eager to cultivate opportunities for cross-disciplinary interactions, various artistic programs at the Shepherd University, in conjunction with a summer theater festival, sought a building that fostered an atmosphere of shared learning and experimentation. Flexible and easily adaptable, the Center for Contemporary Art breaks down learning barriers and enhances the dynamism of collaborative efforts between performers, playwrights, visual artists, and production designers. Designed in three phases, Phase 1 includes art studios, rehearsal spaces, and computer labs while Phase Two houses a 200-seat flexible theater and additional studio and support spaces. Phase Three is forthcoming and will house a proscenium and thrust theater. The Center is also planned as a campus landmark, a gateway into West Virginia, and an icon of contemporary expression within the country's cultural landscape.

Globe News Center for the Performing Arts

Phenomenal grassroots support formed the driving force for the creation of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Embodying the community’s cultural aspirations, the Center located in the heart of downtown, serves the entire Panhandle region.A tribute to the sense of civic pride in Amarillo, the project was privately funded, an unusual feat for any community. At the heart of the Center is a 1,300-seat multi-purpose hall that will be used by the local orchestra, ballet, opera, and other regional arts organizations. The adaptability is possible through an innovative movable acoustic bandshell of oriented strand board panels that exactly match the interior of the hall. Custom-made elements, such as the seat coverings and terrazzo floors, which recall the quilt patterns of the irregular farmland when viewed from the air, and a ceiling of familiar panels typically used on cattle trailers, are part of a highly personal design vocabulary that captures the local flavor. The overall vitality of the building creates a special place unlike anything else in Amarillo or Texas yet totally at home in the panhandle.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Performing Arts Center

A nexus for cultural activity and creative expression, dramatic forms, coupled with a vivid palette of materials, highlight the facility’s role in cultivating an atmosphere of artistic exuberance. The crystal clear acoustics of the warm, inviting interiors position the center as the most sought-after performance venue in the region. Alternately intimate and grand, the 1,500-seat hall allows for diverse seating options to accommodate teaching needs as well as performances by professional musical groups.

ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

Serving the youth of Charlotte, the Center, combining library and theater functions, is dedicated to creating an environment where visitors experience the written, spoken and electronic word in an integrated environment. Users respond to stories in multi-sensory ways, and interactive features encourage them to participate in creating their own stories. The nurturing of young people at every stage of their development to allow them to discover their individual potential and to challenge their intellect is at the heart of ImaginOn. The two major performance venues, a 550-seat proscenium theater and 250-seat studio theater stand at opposite ends, while the library is centrally located. A large, multi-story pubic space contains interactive exhibits and serves as a gathering area and reception venue. The Center is a story all its own, captivating the minds and imagination of young people and families.