Valley Performing Arts Center Honored for Design Excellence


Torrance, CA – December 20, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University-Northridge has won several recent design awards for architectural excellence. Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, the Performing Arts Center received an AIA Minnesota Honor Award, an AIA Los Angeles Merit Award, an ENR California /McGraw-Hill Construction Award of Merit, and a Design Award in the Institutional Category by the Southern California Development Forum.

“The project had the confidence to let the program speak for itself,” said the AIA Minnesota Awards jurors. “We loved the clarity of vision and attention to detail. The auditorium, in particular, is refined and beautifully detailed—it reinforces the idea of restraint.”

The Performing Arts Center sets new standard for performance spaces in the San Fernando Valley while serving the greater Los Angeles area.

Prominently located on the southwest corner of campus, the U-shaped, 166,000-square-foot building includes a 1,700-seat concert hall, 175-seat studio theater, rehearsal space, classrooms, 230-seat lecture hall, and broadcast space for KCSN radio. A grand lobby visually opens the interior to the surrounding neighborhood. Travertine, stone tile and glass embrace the lobby as a grand staircase sweeps upward. The three-tier concert hall features a professional stage house with an 85-foot-high fly-tower. Sinuous wood ribbons wrap the interior in warm hues.

“Our greatest goal with the Valley Performing Arts Center was that it becomes a ‘Commons’ for the San Fernando Valley,” said William Robert Bucker, dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication. “This is where people come to convene when something important is going on. It takes the story of the campus to the community.”

The Performing Arts Center is LEED® Gold certified.

HGA has a specialty practice in visual and performing arts facilities for colleges and universities nationally. Among HGA’s recent work are the School of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California; the Visual & Performing Arts Village at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California; the Performance Center at Napa Valley College in Napa, California; the Uptown Performance & Visual Arts Campus at Columbus State University Riverpark in Columbus, Georgia; and the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center under renovation at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

About HGA
HGA is an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm that helps prepare its clients for the future. With offices in Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, California; and Washington, DC, the nationally recognized firm has developed expertise in the healthcare, corporate, arts, community, higher education, and science/technology industries since 1953. HGA’s culture for interdisciplinary collaboration, knowledge sharing and design investigation enables its clients to achieve success with responsive, innovative and sustainable design. Visit


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