New Mexico State University Center for the Arts

Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

This arts center creates both a much needed space for NMSU’s fine arts programs and gives the university a way to better connect with the surrounding community. The 59,000 square foot center features an intimate drama theatre with an orchestra pit, trap room, two balconies, and a fly tower. The center also includes a large, glass-walled, 200-seat rehearsal room, three lobbies, outdoor terraces, lounge areas, classrooms, and support spaces. The LEED Gold-certified building features numerous sustainable technologies and techniques. Theatre Projects contributed to the certification with the use energy efficient theatre lighting. The arts center has been hailed as an iconic architectural gem for the city as well as an eminently capable facility for teaching and performance.  

New Mexico State University Center for the Arts
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
Owner

New Mexico State University

Architect

Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

Acoustician

Acoustic Dimensions

Users

NMSU Theatre Arts, American Southwest Theatre Company

Seat count

200, 460

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Educational, Drama theatre

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2013

Venue website

nmsutheatre.com

Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography
New Mexico State University Center for the Arts
Credit: Tom Kessler Photography