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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 south view

 

Watercolor rendering of the new Performing Arts Center - shown from the north

Watercolor north view

 

 

Schematic drawing of the main level (#1) of the new Performing Arts Center

schematic drawing of main level

 

Schematic drawing of the upper level (#2) of the new Performing Arts Center

schematic drawing of upper level

 

 

Photograph of a 3-D model of the new Performing Arts Center

3-D design model

 

Paul Kreider, Dean of the College of Fine Arts & Communication, welcomes the community to presentation

Paul Kreider welcome

 

 

Charles Smith of OWP/P and Mitch Hirsch of PCP address audience regarding the new Performing Arts Center

Smith and Hirsch address the audience

 

Mitch Hirsch of PCP displays the model of the new Performing Arts Center footprint

Hirsch presnets model of PAC footprint

 

 

Gina Naracci and Mitch Hirsch, both of PCP, explain the schematic drawings of the new Performing Arts Center

Naracci and Hirsch explain schmatic drawings

 

 

 

Previous Updates

Benton Delinger of Theatre Projects Consultants and Mitch Hirsch of PCP discuss the model of the 1400-seat proscenium theatre auditorium

Delinger and Hirsch discuss 1400-seat proscenium