The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University is rapidly expanding, including their facility needs. BRW Architects and HGA Architects have teamed together to provide TTU with a feasibility study that realizes the potential of this nationally recognized college.
Currently, the team is focusing on the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre building, noted as the first priority for CVPA. The original 1960s building consists of the 400-seat Maedgen Theatre and support spaces, as well as space reserved for the Speech Department. The Annex was added in 1986 to house the Lab Theatre and associated support spaces, as well as office space for faculty. The approximately 28,000 gross square foot theatre building is primarily one story, with a basement level under the Stage and Scene Shop, and a small Second Floor in the Theatre that contains the Control Booth, Storage, and a Faculty Office. Other minor repairs and renovations have occurred over the years, but for the most part, the building is functioning with original construction and building systems.
*associate architect HGA Architects
The proposed design involves renovation of the 7,500 square foot existing performance space and associated lobby, as well as demolition of the remaining of the remaining building to make room for a new 66,500 square foot addition. The new/renovated facility will address the numerous academic and safety requirements of the existing structure. The theatre program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), therefore, the facility must meet NAST accreditation requirements. Key design concepts include increased visibility and a unique identity on the campus; creation outdoor courtyard spaces; and improved audience and patron access, lobby spaces, and support. Dr. Carol Edwards, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts describes the potential of this significant project for the university: “The new College of Visual and Performing Arts has the potential to enhance natural connections between the three disciplines (theater, music, dance) and to create both cohesion and synergy of artistic ideas.”