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James Madison University


Harrisonburg, Virginia


Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas and Co.


$82 million


March 2010

The scope of work included site demolition and construction of a 175,000 gsf Center for the Arts/Music Recital Hall containing a 450 seat proscenium theatre, 200 seat dance theatre, 150 seat studio theatre, 600 seat concert hall, 200 seat recital hall, lobby, shops, academic, office and supporting spaces. The project also includes site improvements and a pedestrian viaduct connection under South Main Street to the Main Campus.

The new construction structure generally consists of spread concrete footing foundations, masonry bearing walls, structural steel framing and precast roof panels. The exterior skin is a combination of native stone veneer, curtainwall and exterior insulation finish system. The elaborate mechanical system was designed with custom air handling units utilizing special sound attenuation feature for sound control. The electrical and theatrical components bring a state-of-the-art capabilities to the new facility.

The building footprint shows two separate buildings joined by a connecting lobby/breezeway. The first building, the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance, includes three theatres, offices, a costume shop, computer labs, and a lobby. The Center for Music Performance contains a concert hall, recital hall, practice rooms, offices and a lobby.

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