Location: Willimantic, CT
Project Completion: 2016
Size: 118,000 SF
SLAM, in association with William Rawn Associates, designed the new 120,000-SF, $63 million facility housing the entire fine arts program for Eastern’s campus. The goal of this project was to focus the arts into the University's everday life. A main focus within the building are three performance venues including:
- A 400-seat concert hall/auditorium, tailored to music performances with natural acoustic excellence, also serving as a major gathering place for the campus community, including convocations and lectures;
- A 250-seat proscenium theatre that provides a venue for theater performances on campus, allowing for proscenium theater training for students in the major;
- A flexible 125-seat studio/black box theater located off the main lobby, which can be arranged in multiple seating configurations.
Additionally, it has support spaces, classrooms and faculty offices as well as a lobby which accommodates large functions. The center also has an art gallery providing a signature space for rotating exhibits from Eastern’s permanent art collection, outside artists, student and faculty work.