Franklin & Marshall College Roschel Performing Arts Center

This new theater is a cultural hub, linking with the student center and transformed studio spaces to form a performing arts center.

A plaza and skylit curved lobby bring visitors to the 305-seat theater. Catwalks, convertible thrust stage, orchestra pit, high clerestory windows, and direct access to backstage shops provide maximum flexibility for rehearsals and performances. The theater is joined to a former swimming pool building which has been renovated to house dance studios, classrooms, a costume shop, a video production room, and back-of-house functions. A glass corridor invites visitors to view the activities in the studios. The Performing Arts Center joins the music center, the student center, and the museum of art around a simply landscaped plaza. Accessible, marqueed entrances from the plaza and the campus provide public and service access.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2003

42,500 gross square feet total

13,300 gross square feet renovation

29,200 gross square feet new

Awards
  • Keystone Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors Award of Excellence


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