The new Performing Arts and Academic building houses the performing arts, communications, computer sciences and informatics departments. Our design concept was for the building to act as a gateway, or portal, to the main quad by allowing students to enter campus through an open air space cutting through the first floor of the building. More
The portal frames the view of Old Main: an iconic building on campus. As you approach, the building exterior incorporates traditional materials such as lime stone and field stone, while the center of the portal (main building entries) surrounds building users and passerby with vibrant video walls. The LEED NC Silver designed building is a structure of interest to the students and faculty with the intent to highlight technology via video boards, a visible television studio, control room, mainframe computer rooms, editing rooms, and computer research labs.