Juniata College’s Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts not only is an impressive venue for live performances and theatrical productions, but also provides state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching spaces.
The center houses classrooms, a digital recording studio, a professional-caliber green room, a sophisticated computerized lighting system, a set construction ASSOCIATED FIRMJohn Deklewa & Sons, Inc., Construction ManagerCOST PER SQ FT$203.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio and a configurable 200-seat theater. The performance area—the Suzanne von Liebig
Theatre—originally was envisioned as a black-box theater. However, when college representatives on the project team opted to include a three-story window in the design, the team agreed that flexibility was important to the success of the project.
Now, the window—25 feet high and about 12 feet wide—can be incorporated as part of the lighting and stage design when appropriate. For performances designed for a black-box theater, the window can be covered with a power shade.
The design team was meticulous with the consistency of the materials used throughout the project to ensure the addition tied seamlessly into the existing building, as well as the entire campus.
With the new and renovated facilities, the college can attract a new level of visiting artists for public programs. Also, incorporating air conditioning throughout the building enables the college to extend its performance season to year-round, serving as a cultural center to the entire Huntingdon community.