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FIRST FLOOR PLAN 1 ENTRY 2 TEACHING STUDIO 3 REHEARSAL HALL 4 LOADING DOCK 5 LOBBY 6 STAGE 7 MECHANICAL 8 EQUIPMENT YARD 9 TICKET BOOTH 10 AUDIENCE CHAMBER 11 DRESSING ROOM 12 RESTROOM

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T E X A S

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p r o j e c t  The

Arts Center – Texas Southmost College, Brownsville

Center at Texas Southmost College on the grounds of the

c l i e n t  Texas

Southmost College

University of Texas at Brownsville is carefully sited to

a r c h i t e c t  Studio

fit within the campus master plan. The building shares

d e s i g n t e a m  Pete Ed Garrett, AIA; Jared Wood, AIA; Michael Nguyen

a connection with the campus through the incorporation

c o n t r a c t o r  Skanska

of design elements – such as arches, arcades, and brick

c o n s u l t a n t s   Haynes

patterns – used on historic Fort Brown. A unique nautilus

(MEP/FP); Ambiotec Civil Engineering Group (civil); JaffeHolden

floor plan was developed to add multiple entrances.

(acoustics); Schuler Shook Theatre Planners (theater); SSP Designs

The building’s theater serves as a focal point for the

(landscape)

campus and for the performing arts in South Texas. The

p h o t o g r a p h e r s  Greg

Red Architects USA Building Whaley Associates (structural); CHPA

Phelps; Keith Talley

three-level structure features small classrooms, large

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Designed by Studio Red Architects, the 54,000-sf Arts

rehearsal halls, a performance hall, and a visual arts

r e s o u r c e s fences and architectural metal work : Scalise & Co.; masonry

exhibition space. The facility’s 800-seat theater has a

units and cast stone :

fully equipped stage and adjustable acoustical system

Stone; metal decking : Vulcraft; laminates : Wilsonart, Formica, Lamin-

designed to accommodate theater, opera, dance, and

art, Pionite; roof accessories : Bilco Smoke Hatches; metal , wood and

RAS Masonry;

granite and tile :

Vintage Tile &

orchestra productions with up to 150 people on the

specialty doors :

stage. Interior design elements include a red curving

Kawneer;

staircase, starburst chandeliers, and a large terrace

ings :

overlooking the adjacent lake known as Fort Brown

Mannington; acoustical wall treatments : Mellotone Fabrics, Guilford

Resaca. Ironwork along the sculpted exterior ties the

of Maine Fabrics, KM Fabrics;

building to the existing campus architecture; the same

Sherwin Williams; manufactured casework : MGC

Door Pro Systems; entrances and glazed curtainwall :

glass :

Viracon;

CertainTeed;

gypsum fabrications :

stage flooring :

USG;

Long Flooring;

acoustical ceil-

laminate flooring :

paint and high performance coatings :

crafted element was brought into the interior spaces. The $26 million project was completed in 2009. N O E L L E

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