College of The Holy Cross Prior Performing Arts Center

College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843, the first Jesuit college in New England. It is a highly selective, four-year undergraduate liberal arts college, consistently ranked one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. The Holy Cross campus is a registered Arboretum. 

The new Performing Arts Center reflects the College’s renewed emphasis on the Arts. It will be a campus focal point of multi-disciplinary learning and creative collaboration, providing facilities for both the fine arts and performing arts. The Center will include an acoustically superior 400-seat concert hall and theatre which will serve as the College’s principal venue for symphonic music, chamber music, jazz, Gamelan, as well as opera, music, theatre, and dance; a 200-seat flexible performance space for theatre, performance support spaces such as scene and costume shops, and related storage, a high-technology “beehive” space that will support creative collaboration among students from all academic disciplines. The beehive will be programmed as a shared multimedia space for sound recording, sound editing, video editing, film, and lighting and set design, and will include collaborative work spaces, multipurpose rehearsal spaces, and gathering spaces with movable furniture. The building program also includes lobby space, café, and multi-use spaces to encourage collaboration among the arts.


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Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

Completion Date: 2022

Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects

Altieri Services: MEPF