The design of this new performing arts center relates to the original 1930s campus designed by Lilian J. Rice by using the same materials and color palette. The building is divided into a music wing and a drama wing with a practice courtyard in between, and includes a music practice venue and 200-seat black-box theater. The theater contains a new COST PER SQ FT$477.80FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio telescoping seating system on casters, which can accommodate end stage, traverse, 3/4-round and theater-in-the-round seating configurations. The system disappears easily and quickly into the flat floor at minimal expense.
The theater also has large sliding doors that open out to a natural grass amphitheater, which has a stage and seating for 500. The curving roofs and exterior catwalk for the amphitheater stage makes the building an icon for the performing arts and a gateway to the campus. The administration, faculty and students are delighted with the simple beauty of the complex, its functionality and the acoustics.