Danbury, CT


123,000 sf


Amenta Emma Architects / Holzmann Moss Bottino Architecture

The new Visual and Performing Arts Center for Western Connecticut State University features three architecturally distinct wings for the departments of art, music and theatre arts, connected through a stunning multi-tiered lobby.

The concert hall, with seating for an audience of up to 350 boasts variable acoustics, state-of-the-art performance audio and lighting, 5:1 HD recording and two Concert Grand pianos Steinway Model “D” (Hamburg), Yamaha CFX. The main stage theatre features top-of-the-line acoustics and sight-lines, orchestra pit to accommodate up to 30 musicians, 38-foot proscenium, full facility with 51 manual line sets, movable stage electrics, 400 plus ETC fixtures, Varilite and Martin automated lighting, with Eos lighting and Digico audio consoles.

The recording studio, with a Solid State Logic Duality audio console in the control room, a “live room” with two isolation booths and a Yamaha CF4 Grand Piano also boasts the capability of digitally recording from any of the building’s 5 audio-equipped performance and rehearsal venues.

Other academic spaces programmed include instructional areas for music and studio art. Public areas include an art gallery featuring Panelock System 200 gallery display system, end-cut maple flooring and floor to ceiling windows delivering artist-preferred northern light; a common public lobby that can serve all of the performance areas, and a box office. The facility also includes administrative offices for both staff and academic faculty.

© Robert Benson Photography