Performing Arts Center - August 19, 2008 Update
Western Illinois University personnel and community members got to look at what the proposed Performing Arts Center would look like and how it would fit into the southwest quadrant of campus during an August 19th presentation of the schematic design.
Charles Smith of O'Donnell, Wicklund, Pigozzi, and Peterson (OWP/P) of Chicago and Phoenix, the lead architectural firm; and Mitch Hirsch of Pelli Clarke Pelli (PCP) of New Haven, CT, the building design firm, were on campus to make the presentations.
On August 19, 2008, Hirsch and members of the PCP design team reviewed several boards with floor-by-floor schematics of the 120,000 sq.ft. center, as well as a 1/16th scale model with approximately 75 university and community people in attendance. Floor plans, cut-out sections of the main auditorium and an orchestra shell, as well as proposed building materials and colors were presented.
The Performing Arts Center will include a 1,400-seat proscenium theatre auditorium with two balconies, a 250-seat thrust stage, and a 150-seat studio theatre. There will also be dance, jazz, orchestra, and vocal performance rehearsal studios; dressing rooms adjacent to the theatres; a scenery/design workshop and a costume shop; administration offices; and a loading dock which will accommodate semis and buses for professional touring companies and orchestras.
Photos of from the August 19, 2008, campus presentation are provided below.
Watercolor rendering of the new Performing Arts Center - shown from the south
Watercolor rendering of the new Performing Arts Center - shown from the north
Schematic drawing of the main level (#1) of the new Performing Arts Center
Schematic drawing of the upper level (#2) of the new Performing Arts Center
Photograph of a 3-D model of the new Performing Arts Center
Paul Kreider, Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication, welcomes the community to presentation
Charles Smith of OWP/P and Mitch Hirsch of PCP address audience regarding the new Performing Arts Center
Mitch Hirsch of PCP displays the model of the new Performing Arts Center footprint
Gina Naracci and Mitch Hirsch, both of PCP, explain the schematic drawings of the new Performing Arts Center
Benton Delinger of Theatre Projects Consultants and Mitch Hirsch of PCP discuss the model of the 1400-seat proscenium theatre auditorium