Western Connecticut State University Visual and Performing Arts Center

Location Danbury, CT

Client Western Connecticut State University

Services Commissioning, Construction Management, Project Management

Project Value $76 million

Hill provided comprehensive project administration services during the design, procurement, and construction phases of Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center in Danbury. The 134,000 SF facility is located on the University’s West Side Campus and houses the University’s music, art, theatre, and performing arts departments. The facility includes a 300-seat concert hall, a 376-seat proscenium theatre, and a 100-seat recital hall, as well as multiple technical production facilities, rehearsal spaces, and dressing rooms required to support these venues. Other academic spaces include administrative and faculty office spaces, instructional areas and labs for music, studio art, and performing arts with storage rooms for musical instruments, supplies, costumes, props, and scenery. Public areas include an art gallery with support spaces, a common public lobby that serves all performance areas, and a box office. The facility is certified LEED Silver.

Hill administered the multi-year construction program through acceptance and system commissioning. Hill also provided consultants for materials inspection and testing and start-up and commissioning services through building system performance confirmation for all associated civil, landscape, architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and the intricate telecommunications and data systems required to integrate the facility into the existing campus infrastructure.