Connecticut Performing Arts Facilities Architectural Design Specialists | Performing Arts Facilities Architects

Our Connecticut Performing Arts Facilities Architectural Design Specialists focus in the design of performing arts facilities for secondary schools, universities and cultural institutions. These may be auditoriums, multi-purpose practice facilities, “black “ and “white” box theaters or intimate, finely tuned acoustical recital halls. Our recognized expertise working with existing buildings adds to our skill in rejuvenating older performance spaces or re-purposing facilities for dance, music or theater. As a moderate size firm committed to design excellence, we bring experience, energy and commitment to each project we undertake. We work with like minded consultants, some in the highly specialized areas of acoustics, lighting and digital media.

A project of particular note is the Handel Center for the Performing Arts completed for the University of Hartford (UHAR) in 1999. This project brought together our adaptive reuse talents and knowledge of performing arts facilities. It involved taking a former Cadillac car dealership designed by Albert Kahn, the famous industrial architect, and constructed in the 1940s. By 2005 it was an abandoned, derelict eye sore on a prominent corner near the University of Hartford campus. Working with a consultant team, we transformed this building in a sparkling new 50,000 s.f. performing arts center that includes two black box theaters, dance studios, musical practice rooms and faculty offices, serving UHAR and Hartt School of Music students as well as UHAR’s community music and dance programs. From morning to night this facility is bristling with activity.

Smith Edwards McCoy also renovated a general purpose rehearsal space, into a highly attuned, small venue performance space for the Hartt School of Music, and we are now engaged in several renovations to their theater and other performance spaces.

Performance facilities of various sophistication and flexibility including auditoriums, multi-purpose practice facilities, “black” and “white” box theaters and intimate, finely tuned acoustical recital halls

We have played a similar role at Trinity College where we renovated an existing building into dance studios and a black box theater. A new rehearsal hall designed by Smith Edwards McCoy with “state of the art” recording and media technology is about to go into construction as an addition to the Austin Arts Center. Of particular note is the restored auditorium at the M.D. Fox Middle School.