Quiring General, LLC
The Culture and Arts Center on Fresno Pacific University’s main campus in southeast Fresno will consolidate the university’s art, music, and theater departments under one roof and provide much-needed performance and gallery space. The building will be located between Butler Avenue on the north at the site of the current seminary apartments and Townsend Avenue on the south surrounded by adjoining university owned residential buildings.
The project will feature a flexible, multi-purpose auditorium with motorized retractable seating for 500 that will allow the space to be used for performances, as well as other university-wide events. A 100-seat black box theater, an art gallery, and back-of-house spaces, including a green room, dressing rooms, a make-up room, practice rooms, and storage rooms round out the program of this vital addition to the campus. With arts and culture as the medium, the new facility is intended to bridge the gap between the community and the university by inviting others to use the facility and attend events.
A captivating grand lobby that opens off of a welcoming, south-facing, covered plaza will serve as a student lounge and social hub of the campus. The Culture and Arts Center is the first step in a series of campus master plan interventions that calls for the conversion of Garden Avenue from a neighborhood street to a landscaped promenade that will connect the campus core to the new Culture and Arts Center.