Imagine a building so flexible inside, it spills outside. Indoor or outdoor concerts, daytime long-distance learning, nighttime performing-arts events, weekday lectures, conventions on weekends—the William D. Purser, DC Center does it all.
Designed not just as a gorgeous auditorium with more than 1,500 seats, it also is set creatively for conversion to a full range ASSOCIATED FIRMS.M. Wilson, Construction ManagerCOST PER SQ FT$336.41CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms venues and functions. Walls can move, motorized seats disappear. In just moments, the auditorium becomes a 900-seat theater and two 150-seat lecture halls. Retract the seats again and a function space for exhibit booths, exercise class or a beautiful reception hall is created.
The 9,800-square-foot lobby is flexible, yet intimate for banquets, cocktail parties or lectures. With gleaming terrazzo floors, elegant custom chandeliers, soaring 40-foot ceilings, groups can have a full exterior campus view or be enclosed by motorized shades.
All venues can occur indoors or out. The stage’s “hangar” doors allow performances to occur in the outdoor amphitheater. The same event can be enjoyed indoors by rotating the scenes.
“Meticulous attention to detail. Very creative and flexible.”--2008 jury