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Washington College Gibson Center for the Arts

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Project Name

Washington College Gibson Center for the Arts

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70,000 sq. feet

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Washington College


  • : Gipe Associates, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineer: Gipe Associates, Inc.
  • Plumbing Engineer: Gipe Associates, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Faisant Associates, Inc.
  • Other: Acoustical Design Collaborative
  • Other: Auerback Pollock Friedlander
  • Other: Convergent Technologies Design Group
  • Civil Engineer: Davis, Moore, Shearon & Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc.

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Project Description

An anchor of Washington College’s main academic square, the expanded and renovated 70,000-SF Gibson Center for the Arts puts the arts “on stage” and engages the larger campus community in the arts. The transparent entry facade invites onlookers and encourages interaction, while the translucent recital hall serves as a visual beacon during evening performances.

Inside, the Music and Drama departments enjoy state-of-the-art teaching and performance spaces. The two departments each retain their own unique features, yet are united in their focus on the arts. Outside, new gathering areas and amphitheater-like steps enliven the square and offer a setting for impromptu practice and performance. The complex features the 440-seat Tawes Theater, a 175-seat Experimental Theater, and a 200-seat Recital Hall.
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