A master plan and study of the current theater building indicated that a new building was needed to provide additional space, improved functionality and state-of-the-art technology. The architect was asked to design the new Lorton Performance Center, sited at the edge of campus for easy public access.
The major component of the COST PER SQ FT$306.39FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms Rozsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center is a 700-seat grand concert hall with a full 2,100-square-foot performance stage. The stage has a trap and large wings, as well as an orchestra pit, control booth and catwalks. Support spaces include a green room, dressing rooms, scene shop, costume shop with laundry and storage, props room, lighting equipment and piano storage.
The lobby has a box office, coat check and art gallery. Other amenities include a catering kitchen with pantry, vending area and custodial storage.
A recital hall and various-sized rehearsal spaces are included for instrumental and vocal music, including a piano lab, percussion teaching studio and practice rooms, jazz band, music library, choral recording room and music-technology computer lab. A film studio has production, scoring and editing capabilities.
The facility is the new home to the school of music and the film studies department, each of which has its own office suite, classrooms and storage. A student lounge, and offices for student drama and music chapters also are included.