Adams State University – Performing Arts Theater

  • Category
    Higher Education
  • Size
    21,850 s.f.
  • Complete
    October 2001
  • Location
    Alamosa, Colorado

University theater architecture offers aesthetic welcome, symbolizes topographical features

The Adams State University Theater, with its sweeping lines, bold cantilevers, and vaulted roof, provides a dramatic visual anchor at the south end of the Adams State campus. Designed by Davis Partnership’s higher education design team in collaboration with Seattle-based LMN Architects, the design incorporates the historical stucco-based palette seen across this southwestern campus, while a dynamic building mass of three interlocking forms symbolically reflects natural features of the San Luis Valley. A 230-seat performance theater with orchestra pit, balcony level sound and light control room, and lighting catwalks for student instruction and performance comprise the main theater area. A shared lobby, gallery, box office, scene shop, costume shop, dressing rooms, green room, and faculty offices link the main theater to a 1,800 square-foot black box theater and classroom. The theater offers an aesthetic welcome to the community and creates a dynamic “quadrangle for the arts” with the adjacent fine arts building renovated by Davis in 1999-2000. This performing arts center was completed on a very pragmatic budget and provides the campus and community with a richly textured state-of-the-art theater facility.

Project Scope

  • Architecture
  • Higher Education
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture

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