The historic renovation of the 1940’s era Pearson Auditorium was accomplished in phases as funding became available. Designed in the military Gothic style the building’s makeover transformed the facility into a modern day performance venue. With the replacement of the building’s infrastructure, the installation of state-of-the-art theatre systems and controls, and the reconfigured slope and refurbished seating, this historic building is rejuvenated for service well into the future.
This community financed Fine Arts Center is anchored by a 1,200-seat Music Hall and 500-seat Black Box Theatre. The Fine Arts Center was designed to serve the educational needs of the Rio Rancho School District and to serve as a community Concert Hall.
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.
The renovation and addition of ENMU’s Music Building transformed the 1940’s era building. The reconfigured interior focused on providing efficient and functional spaces to accommodate choral rehearsals, percussion and piano studios, a recording studio, practice rooms, classrooms, and administrative offices. A key element of the project was the renovation of Buchanan Recital Hall, a 235-seat music performance space.
The Simms Fine Arts Center renovation created a true multi-purpose performance venue in what was once a nondescript, 1950s school auditorium. The redesigned facility bridges the dual mission of functioning for the school music and theatre education departments and as a venue for community use. The renovation work included Pickett Auditorium, a 570-seat multi-use performance theatre and Johnson Theatre, a 165-seat black box theatre.
The Bandshell is nestled within a canopy of old growth cottonwood trees in the center of the Zoo. Designed to provide a community gathering space for summer musical performances the Bandshell is dramatic and flowing in its design. Surrounded by a man-made lake, the Bandshell seemingly floats as the reflection of the lake dances on the shell’s acoustic overhang, presenting an ever changing visual kaleidoscope to accompany the music.