The Knobloch Campus Center includes the conversion of a former gymnasium into a college union, and the addition of a new 600-seat performing-arts theater.
The new center includes conference rooms, lounges, cafe, campus bookstore, post office, copy center, fitness center, climbing wall, information desk, multipurpose room, and offices for several campus services and COST PER SQ FT$204.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio organizations.
Amenities are arranged around a large three-story skylighted atrium, which is reminiscent of a village piazza. A major new entrance with stone portico at the west side gives access to the atrium while serving as a backdrop for a new outdoor amphitheater.
The atrium space functions as a lobby for the theater. The theater stage is designed for flexibility and traveling road shows with counterweight rigging, fly gallery, adjustable proscenium, portable orchestra shell and a motorized orchestra pit lift. It can be everything from a concert hall to a dramatic thrust stage playhouse. Movable walls open the theater to the atrium, creating unlimited opportunities for imaginative, campuswide theatrical and social events.