Soka University Performing Arts Center
Aliso Viejo, CA
Size: 90,000 square feet
Soka University’s Performing Arts Center is a LEED Gold certified, 90,000 square foot performing arts complex, constructed as both a University venue and center for cultural and community gatherings. Completed in 2011, the three-level, 47,836-sq-ft Performing Arts Center housing a reception lobby, various support spaces and a 1,200-seat auditorium. The adjacent 48,974 square foot Academic Building provides support for the Performing Arts Center. The new four-level building houses 11 classrooms, 29 faculty offices, a 150-seat black box theater, four dressing rooms, a rehearsal/dance studio, musician warm-up spaces and other support areas. The Performing Arts Center was designed with four massive roof trusses that span the width of the performance hall. At 16.5 ft tall and 114 ft wide, these trusses were so large that they had to be delivered at night with a special California Highway Patrol escort. Both structures were built with a combination of a structural concrete and structural steel frame. Building exteriors feature smooth plaster walls, travertine stone bands, aluminum curtain walls and clear glass glazing. The Performing Arts Center features a green roof and solar panels, while the Academic Building has a clay tile roof to match the existing campus.