Centenary College, Shreveport, LA

Centenary arts complex - phase 1a

24,000 SF

Centenary College has a vision for bringing Visual and Performing Arts together. The concept is an arts complex that includes music, choir, communications (radio and television), theater, dance, visual arts and the Meadows Museum. Among a list of project benefits are increased interaction among the arts disciplines and economies of shared facilities.

The facility is a practical approach to a multi-phased cluster that includes exisitng buildings (Marjorie Lyons Theater and the Hurley School of Music), and new buildings connected by a shared lobby / reception hall. The buildings are new forms in the campus context that use scale and materials of traditional campus buildings. Brick columned walkways build on the architectural character of the existing Hurley Music School Building.

Home of the world famous Centenary College Choir, the new Anderson Choral Building includes two choral rehearsal rooms, faculty offices, a modular acoustic adjustable practice room, music storage, dressing rooms with costume storage, choir lounge and recital hall stage support area additions. The lobby connects an upper level campus entry to the main lobby level with a grand, sweeping staircase and signature elevator shaft. The wonderful entry space turns the site grade challenge into an asset. The Anderson Building includes a portion of the shared lobby that will serve future buildings in the comlex. Also included is the mechanical building for the entire arts complex. The new Feazel Instrumental Rehearsal Hall is a spectacular room with acoustic panel clouds, tunable wall features and window to the campus.

Phase 1A is complete. Future phases include: a 1200-seat performance hall; a lab theater / television studio; back-of-house support areas; a new home for the Meadows Museum; visual and performing arts education classrooms; renovations to Marjorie Lyons Theater; the connecting reception hall; a 150-seat lecture hall; and a parking structure.