Van H. Gilbert Architect PC

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Fine Arts Center
Popejoy Hall, Keller Hall, and Rodey Theatre

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

The Fine Arts Center renovation transformed a stark 1960’s era building into a warm, exciting space projecting a strong sense of place. The renovation of UNM’s Fine Arts Theatre was comprehensive. The three performance halls, lobby, and support spaces received improvements to basic mechanical and electrical systems and new theatre systems and acoustic design elevated the function of the musical experience to the highest quality.

Improvements included revamped sight lines, revised entries to the three theatres, Art Museum enhancements, concessions, remodeled classrooms, upgraded and accessible audience seating throughout each theatre. Other ADA improvements included restroom renovations, installation of an assisted listening system and installation of a new elevator to provide handicap access to all levels and venues. In 2008, VHGA assisted Popejoy with the replacement of the theatre seating.

Cosmetic improvements to the lobby, the 2,000-seat Popejoy Hall, 325-seat Keller Hall, and the 450-seat Rodey Theatre defined each space with appropriate interior finishes and colors. The tone of the building is warm inviting with a sense of the southwest.

Van H. Gilbert Architect PC worked in association with BOORA of Portland.

  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects,
    New Mexico Society, 1997