Performing Arts Center at Mesa Community College
The Performing Arts Center is a multifunction facility dedicated to the celebrated Mesa Community College music, dance and theater programs.
The project reused approximately 75% of an existing movie theater, including the walls, floors, and roof for back of house components and classrooms, dramatically reducing construction waste. New construction expanded the original building from 26,000 square feet to 48,000 square feet.
The centerpiece of the facility is a 460-seat multipurpose theater designed to accommodate, both acoustically and theatrically, a broad range of musical performances.
In addition to the main theater, a full complement of back-of-house spaces, including performance classrooms, solo and group music practice spaces, faculty offices and a performance lobby space are outfitted into the old movie house.
The site made extensive use of water and energy efficient fixtures, reflective roofing, daylighting, permeable ground cover and native vegetation to help keep the facility sustainable.