Hillsborough Community College’s Performing Arts Building and Theater was constructed in the early 1970s and needed modernization. Poor sightlines and acoustics, and outdated lighting limited the use of the college’s theater.
The renovation focused on updating and expanding the facility to COST PER SQ FT$175.10FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio today’s standards. The theater was gutted to provide new sightlines and reshape the space for acoustics. The design included new theatrical lighting and sound systems in the theater.
The music department had outgrown its space in the existing building, and the new addition provided a rehearsal room, ensemble rooms, practice rooms and office/teaching studios. The spaces were designed to minimize sound transmissions between areas.
The large lobby on the first level provides a reception area for the art gallery show openings, as well as a prefunction area for theater performances.
The site is in historic Ybor City, and the addition is adjacent to historic structures. The addition was designed to complement the area by means of the building colors, materials and scale.
The new building provides students and faculty a state-of-the-art facility that enhances their learning experience and opportunities for a career in the arts.