MidAmerica Nazarene University, Cultural Events Center

Olathe, Kansas

The Cultural Events Center at MidAmerica Nazarene University provides a focal

point within the Olathe community for cultural events, as well as bringing together

the arts embraced on their campus: vocal music, instrumental music and theater.

The center includes a 700-seat auditorium, a 100-seat recital hall and a 200-seat black-box theater. Teaching facilities include practice rooms, classrooms and offices

for teachers. For effective space utilization, the concept includes three performance

spaces that also can be used as practice rooms for vocal and instrumental music.

One challenge of the project included using materials and construction techniques

that accommodate the vastly different acoustics needed for a variety of performances

from choral presentations to jazz bands to theatrical productions.

The architect provided assistance during the fund-raising stage, including presentation

of plans and elevations to the public. The team presented design options,

including different arrangements of multi-use performance spaces, to assist the

university in arriving at a financially feasible, functional and attractive center.