SUNY Potsdam Performing Arts Center


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.

  • Client: SUNY Potsdam
  • Architect: Pfeiffer Partners
  • Completion Year: 2013
  • Location: Potsdam, New York
  • Building Size: 92,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 350 seats

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