The Performing Arts Center and Wangari Maathai Hall, designed by ZGF, on Soka University’s Aliso Viejo campus was envisioned as a premier facility to offer exceptional acoustics for a variety of performances for the campus and broader community. The project consists of two adjoining buildings. The three-level, 47,836 SF Performing Arts Center offers several seating-in-the-round configurations—from 723 seats to 1,200 seats—to accommodate an array of events, from concerts to convocations. The four-level, 48,974 SF Wangari Maathai Hall offers 11 classrooms, 29 faculty offices, and a 180-seat Black Box Theatre (5,600 SF). Both of the performance spaces are served by common support spaces, including a loading dock, a green room, dressing rooms, musician warm-up rooms, a dance rehearsal studio, laundry facilities, and storage spaces. The design of the new facilities seamlessly integrates with the existing campus and adjacent buildings to create a warm and inviting feel. Featuring green roofs, photovoltaic panels, and other energy saving elements, sustainability was a central component of the LEED Gold® project.

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