Michigan Technological University, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Houghton, Michigan

  • FIRM

    DiClemente Siegel Design


    Michigan Technological University

  • AREA

    60,000 sq.ft.





Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is a focal point for entering the campus. Situated on a bluff overlooking Portage Lake, the metal-clad exterior resembles a mineshaft—a key feature of the area’s once-thriving copper mining industry.

The center provides a world-class venue for national touring groups and university productions. The auditorium seats 1,200 or can ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$252.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio transformed into a 350-seat theater by lowering the curtain. The fully equipped proscenium stage with fold-down concert shell, orchestra pit and lift offers many performance options.

Rozsa Center connects via walkway to the existing Humanities Center that houses the fine-arts and performing-arts departments. Both departments use the new facility for teaching and performances. Backstage areas include dressing rooms, scene shop, computer-assisted music laboratory, practice rooms, classrooms, offices and two recital halls. Abundant natural light enters the 5,800-square-foot lobby through a two-story glass curtainwall.

The mechanical room is two floors below the auditorium. It uses sound traps and a 10-foot-high tunnel for a low-velocity supply and return-air plenum to allow sound control.