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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, Utah, United States

Friday 22 Aug 2014

Trio of new centres for SUU

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Work begins on cultural projects at Southern Utah University by Brooks + Scarpa 

Brooks + Scarpa has designed three new centres for the Southern Utah University (SUU) campus: the Southern University Museum of Arts (SUMA); the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts; and an Artistic/Production Building. The SUMA will be the anchor for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts which will replace the existing open-air Adams Theater.

Construction is due to begin on the project shortly, providing updated art gallery space on the Southern Utah University campus. Inspired by the nearby sandstone formations of Bryce Canyon and Mt. Zion National Park, the design team has generated a canyon-like roof system with a dramatic cantilever that provides an additional 5,000 sq ft of external space.

This sheltered space will be used for cultural activities and social engagements, and the overhang provides adequate shading for the artworks displayed within. Views towards the nearby mountain ranges have been preserved. The building design also enables visitors to the institution to view behind-the-scenes operations within the museum.

SUMA has been designed as a one-storey building comprising galleries, classrooms, workshops, storage, and offices. Gallery spaces will be re-configurable to fit the needs of upcoming exhibitions. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts includes rehearsal areas, a costume shop, studio theatre, and administration offices, while the Shakespeare Theater and Production Building will blend office and conference rooms with rehearsal space and a black box theatre. 


Architect: Brooks + Scarpa
Local Architect: Blalock Partners
Contractor: Big-D Construction
Structural Engineer: Reaveley Engineers
M+P Consulting: Van Boerum & Frank Associates
Electrical Engineer: BNA
Civil Engineer: Insite Engineering
Landscape Design: Coen + Partners With G. Brown Design, Inc.
Lighting Design: Luminesence
Façade Engineering: Buro Happold

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