Bethune-Cookman College, Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center

Daytona Beach, Florida

  • FIRM

    Brown Design Group, Inc.


    Bethune-Cookman College

  • AREA

    98,215 sq.ft.





The new performing-arts center at Bethune-Cookman College encompasses about 36,000 gross square feet of the building on three levels. This multipurpose space was designed to respond to the expected uses—symphony, speech, drama, chorus and dance productions— as well as general assembly. Because of the varying needs, the center is designed specifically not to favor any ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$203.64FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms of these uses. Electronic enhancements and acoustical treatments are used to achieve the best results for each particular use.

Orchestra seating is on the main level. After adjustment for the orchestra pit, this area contains about 1,300 seats in an area of about 15,000 square feet. This area is accessible directly from the lobby at street level. The mezzanine level has 600 seats in an area containing about 6,000 square feet. These seats are accessible from the second floor concourse via stairs or elevator. The upper level (balcony) also has 600 seats. Entry to the auditorium is from the main lobby via six access points.

The auditorium is designed so that the most remote seat is not farther than 100 feet from the stage. This optimizes sightlines and provides the best acoustical parameters.

Support spaces include the dressing or green room suites, and general equipment and storage spaces. These spaces are on the service side of the building for easy delivery. Also included in the facility are the president’s office suite, board of trustees meeting rooms and an executive banquet/reception hall.