Performing Arts Center The University of Texas - Pan America Completed 2015 2010 PageSoutherlandPage University of Texas
67,000 SF $26M Team Designer
The new Fine Arts Performance and Academic Complex at UT Pan American replaces two existing 40 year old buildings, which will be demolished, in the existing Fine Arts complex on campus. This new 70,000 square foot building will complete the Fine Arts Quad, and greatly enhance the performance and rehearsal capabilities of the Music Department. There are seven primary spaces in the building – a grand porch and lobby, the main 1,000 seat theatre which will accommodate a variety of music, dance and theatrical performances, a 180-seat recital hall, and dedicated rehearsal spaces for Band, Orchestra, Choir and Mariachi/ Jazz. The building is located near the southeast corner of campus - a grand porch and lobby are oriented toward University Boulevard and Downtown Edinburg to the south and east to make this building a unique gateway onto campus from the City. A series of structural brick arches soar along this porch and lobby as a welcoming gesture, and as an introduction to the unique architectural context of both the campus and the Rio Grande Valley. The building is carefully knit into the existing campus – it completes the Fine Arts Courtyard to the west, and aligns its main circulation spine with the principal north-south axis of campus – reinforcing its role as a key entry point onto the University.