Polshek Partnership completes Pennsylvania arts center
Architecture can make a difference. Just ask the students at Allegheny College, a small liberal arts school located in Meadville, Pa. This spring the college got a new building to house its communications and theatre arts programs that is already changing lives. Equipped with technologies that are on par with industry standards, the new arts center is “demanding the best from students and inspiring us to do great things”, said Carey Miller, a senior in the theatre program, who, together with other students, made a video for You Tube to thank the University for the “beautiful new building”.
Dubbed the Vukvoich Center after a university trustee who gifted $ 22.2 million for the building’s construction, the 40,000 sq ft facility is designed by Polshek Partnership Architects. The building houses state-of-the art video production facilities, advanced instructional and rehearsal areas, and a 250-seat theatre and organizes these functions in an open fashion to expose the process of theatre production in the hopes that it will foster greater collaboration among faculty, students and staff and generate excitement.
The building, which completes an arts quadrangle on campus, is sheathed in zinc, glass and red and dark grey iron-spot brick to respond to the older buildings on campus and to accentuate its simple volumes.