University of Northern Iowa,

Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center


The only major Midwest performing arts facility to open in the year 2000, the Gallagher-Bluedorn Center at the University of Northern Iowa houses two peformance halls and incorporates state-of-the-art performance lighting, rigging, and sound systems.

The multi-purpose Great Hall is based on the design of 19th century European opera houses. The horseshoe-shaped room is surrounded by a series of rising balconies, each seating 400. The 85-foot by 40-foot stage has a retractable orchestra shell to enhance symphonic performances. Tracked curtains covering the walls allow the staff to adjust the sound as required for various performance types. FDA designed stage rigging and orchestra lifts and two stage lighting systems, one for concerts and one for theatrical events.

The smaller Davis Hall, with performance space approximately equal to the Great Hall stage, and retractable seating for 300, is designed both for music rehearsal and performance.

  • Client: University of Northern Iowa
  • Architect: HGA
  • Completion Year: 2000
  • Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Acoustician: Acoustic Dimensions
  • Building Size: 100,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 1,600 seats

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