Center for the Arts at New Mexico State University
Construction began on the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts, located at the corner of University Avenue and Espina Street, on Oct. 8, 2010, and celebrated its grand opening Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.
The project, lead by Malcolm Holzman of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture includes an earthy aesthetic with custom guardrail designs developed and manufactured by Zahner for the new performance and rehearsal center.
The three-story state of the art academic building is 59,000 gross square feet with a large performance space for theater and dance, which has an orchestra pit and trap room, orchestra level, two balconies and fly tower. The building also features a large rehearsal room, classrooms, office and back-of-the-house supporting areas.
THE MARK AND STEPHANIE MEDOFF THEATRE
The building's main auditorium, The Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre, is a 466-seat theater lined by 4 levels of balcony seating. These balconies were outfitted by Zahner using a metal curtain system developed for creating billowing aesthetics on a small scale.
INTERIOR BALCONY CUSTOM RAILINGS
Lining each of the theater's balconies are a series of artistic guardrails developed with Zahner. These artistic guardrails served as a creative solution referencing the theater curtain. The design was developed with Zahner using the custom zinc-plated mesh, which was formed by hand and then stiffened using a galvanic cladding process.
EXTERIOR TERRACES CUSTOM RAILINGS
The building's three exterior terraces are lined with the same custom guardrail design used for the interior balconies.
The building received a LEED Gold Certification. The New Mexico State University Center for the Arts was completed in 2012 for the New Mexico State Centennial.