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October 18, 2018

Villanova University's Performing Arts Center Tops Out

Villanova University's Performing Arts Center Tops Out

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Today Villanova University celebrated the topping out of its future Performing Arts Center which broke ground in late January of 2018. Located at Villanova University’s main entrance, at the busy corner of Lancaster and Ithan Avenues, the Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed Performing Arts Center will be the new home to the University's Theater Department. Considered one of Villanova’s most transformational projects, the Performing Arts Center will provide a hub for creativity, engagement, and exploration for the University’s arts community.

The Performing Arts Center will include two main performance spaces: a 400-seat proscenium theater and a 200-seat courtyard theatre. Additional spaces include a performance lab, classrooms, a dance studio, music and theater rehearsal rooms, costume and scenery shops, a box office, and multiple venues for special events.

The Performing Arts Center follows on Robert A.M. Stern Architect's design for the University's Lancaster Avenue Building, and continues the firm's interpretation of Villanova’s Collegiate Gothic character, with a more open expression appropriate to a public arts venue. Our design addresses Lancaster Avenue by extending the welcoming curve of its lobby around the windowless box of the theater. Clad in fieldstone with limestone trim, the new Performing Arts Center and an adjoining plaza will anchor this important campus entrance.

RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Kevin M. Smith, and Graham S. Wyatt led the design effort, with Voith & Mactavish Architects as Architect-of-Record.

The project is expected to be completed by 2020.