Gage Brothers manufactured 78,000 square feet of precast concrete slabs, wall panels, insulated wall panels, and hollowcore floors used to bring life to the new 108,000 square-foot Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University. The performing arts center, which is an addition to the existing center, is a comprehensive facility providing spaces for both the instruction and performance in dance, music, and theatre. Developed by Design Architect Malcolm Holzman, and acoustically engineered by David Kahn, the center proves that there is indeed a correlation between what an individual hears and sees during performances, and that great music is made in great settings.
The acoustic abilities of precast concrete provided the sound proofing goals of this facility. Founders Recital Hall is an acoustically tuned music space with 225 seats for the presentation of solo and small ensemble performances in addition to recitals with the 2,848-pipe Reuter pipe organ. The Proscenium Theater is an 850 seat multi-purpose hall with a fully rigged stage house that can present academic, community, and professional touring shows.
The custom in and out reveal pattern on the addition’s exterior was developed by the architect to achieve a dynamic façade to complement the existing buildings character.