Mar 9, 2010

Tower Theater nominated for award

by Melinda Zosh

The architects for the Tower Theatre at North Campus have submitted their project to the local American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a design award competition, according to Director of Planning and Construction Charles Spence.

General Electric (GE) once used the 80-foot high building to test electrical equipment, and Theatre Department Chair Linda Cooper said that the architects from Richmond are working with “found space,” which is more difficult to construct.

“In architecture, found space is something like a warehouse or an old school or church,” Cooper said. “You turn that into a different type of facility.”

“It is a challenge for the architects which is why they are up for this award,” Cooper said. “They are good at the urban, industrial look which fits very well in this old warehouse.”

The Tower Theater is scheduled for completion by August for the first performance of the fall semester.

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