SUNY Potsdam
Performing Arts Center 2013
Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne
Christopher Payne
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Client:SUNY Potsdam
Project Category:Colleges and Universities
Architect:Pfeiffer Partners
Completion Year:2013
Location:Potsdam, New York
Building Size:92,000 s.f.
Capacity:350 seats
FDA collaborated with Pfeiffer Partners on the new Performing Arts Center at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam. The building accommodates the theatre and dance departments, and integrates the teaching, performance, and administrative needs of the arts school. The new building connects to the existing Crane Music Complex, fostering student and faculty interaction among the performing arts programs on campus.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a 350-seat proscenium theatre with fixed seating; a 100-seat studio theatre; and 4,000 square feet of dance performance space with flexible seating on telescopic risers. Front-of-house and support spaces include a public lobby, a cafe, two large studios, a physical conditioning room, a recording studio, and performer support spaces, including dressing rooms and a green room. Back-of-house areas include a scene shop, a costume shop, and associated storage. Classrooms include an Education Lab for training teachers in the arts, a Digital/Audio Studio, a Design/Drafting Lab, a CAD Lab, and a Lighting Lab. The new building also houses faculty offices and student organization space. The project broke ground in late 2011.

Awards
2016 USITT Architecture Merit Award
LEED Gold certified