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PAC Presentation Nov. 17

November 10, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- A presentation to share interior and exterior finish choices and lighting designs for the Performing Arts Center at Western Illinois University will be held from 3:15-3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Tri States Public Radio Music Performance Studio, 320 W. University Drive. The presentation is open to the public.

Cannon Design (formerly OWP/P, which has merged with Cannon Design) will present finish selections (e.g. brick, color palettes and fixtures), as well as lighting designs.
In September, architects from Cannon Design and Pelli Clarke Pelli (PCP) presented the approved Performing Arts Center (PAC) design and discussed the next stages of the project.
The construction document phase is currently underway and tentatively scheduled to be completed by November 2012. Architects will develop the technical documents that will be used to bid the project later next year. Construction is estimated to begin in January 2013.

The Performing Arts Center, which has been designed by the architectural/design firms of Pelli Clarke Pelli and O'Donnell, Wicklund, Pigozzi, and Peterson (OWP/P), will include a 1,400-seat proscenium theatre auditorium with two balconies, a 250-seat thrust stage and a 150-seat studio theatre. There also will be dance, jazz and theatre rehearsal studios to facilitate the academic mission of the building, which complements numerous College of Fine Arts and Communication academic programs; dressing rooms adjacent to the theatres; a scenery/design workshop and a costume shop; administration offices; and a loading dock that will accommodate semis and buses for professional touring companies and orchestras.

The $67.8 million capital project is funded by the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB).

To view architect's renderings of the Performing Arts Center, visit

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