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Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes Region in Geneva, N.Y., Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges providing highly individualized educations. GUND partnered with the Colleges to design the new Performing Arts Center that builds upon the Colleges' exploratory and rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum. The Colleges recognize participation in the performing arts disciplines fosters development of creative thinking, vision, insight, discipline, collaboration, and innovation - skills integral to today's global economy.
In addition to serving the campus community, the Center is a vibrant cultural destination for the greater region. Identified as one of four transformational priority projects for funding in the category of tourism and arts by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, the Performing Arts Center is expected to "strengthen the region's quality of life, draw more visitors to Finger Lakes cultural and recreational attractions, and expand local business activity." In December 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo awarded the Colleges with $1 million in Empire State Development Grant funds to help construct the 55,000 square-foot Performing Arts Center. Additional information about the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Performing Arts Building can be found here.
Meng Howe Lim, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a key leader in the HWS Performing Arts project. Contact Meng Howe for more information.
Previously a classroom and performing arts building, GUND Partnership designed the comprehensive renovation of Duke Hall that is transforming the c. 1967 building into a state-of-the-art facility for studio arts. Centrally located on campus, the new and improved home to James Madison University's School of Art and Art History seeks to increase participation in the arts.
Designing safe learning environments that inspire creative exploration was central to GUND's approach. All studios feature proper safety features and ventilation equipment that filter particles. The JMU community looks forward to taking advantage of the new facilities in the Spring 2014 semester. Read more about Duke Hall here and from JMU's The Breeze.
Housing a public gallery and academic facilities for the art history department, the Gund Gallery opened in 2011 and is part of a larger campus planning initiative to increase visibility and participation in the arts. The building acts as a magnet for students and community members alike and creates new forum for learning through art and visual culture.
Located directly on Middle Path, within the historic campus core, the Gallery brings art into the forefront of campus life. The exterior is clad in a locally-quarried sandstone veneer and zinc paneling, with a glass entry lobby encased in terracotta baguettes. The LEED Silver certified building utilizes a geothermal system for heating and cooling and sophisticated climate controls appropriate for the museum quality facilities.
Creative programming enriches the student experience and forges new academic links with the Kenyon curriculum. Supporting a variety of exhibit formats, the 6,200-square-foot space features flexible partitions and north-facing skylights with controllable aluminum louvers. Read more about the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.