Christopher Newport University, Ferguson Center for the Arts

Newport News, Virginia, USA

A combination of new construction and renovation, this 250,000 square foot, multi-venue arts center was completed in two phases. The first phase included new construction of a studio theatre, dance studio, rehearsal and support spaces, and the renovation of an old high school gymnasium into a versatile multipurpose theatre. The second phase, completed a year later, included a larger, 1,750-seat multipurpose theatre. With intimate seating arrangements and demountable orchestra shells in both theatres, the university can accommodate nearly any user, no matter the type or size—including everything from student symphonies and choral ensembles to full-scale national touring acts.

Christopher Newport University, Ferguson Center for the Arts
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Credit: Robert Benson Photography
Owner

Christopher Newport University

Architect

Pei Cobb Freed Architects | Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

Acoustician

Kirkegaard Associates

Users

Touring performances and university users

Seat count

200, 550, 1750

Construction type

Adaptive reuse

Theatre type

Educational, Flexible theatre, Multipurpose theatre, Studio theatre

Services

Feasibility study, programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2005

Venue website

fergusoncenter.org

Credit: Theatre Projects
Credit: Robert Benson Photography