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Crowd around Cornell Arts and Entertainment Center while performers on outdoor stage are projected on the building
Cornell Arts + Entertainment Complex

Flexible Planning for Community Arts

Project Location

Joplin, MO

Program

Performance hall, galleries, event space, event lawn, offices

Services

Architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, landscape

Scope

New construction

The Harry M. Cornell Arts + Entertainment Complex serves as the new state-of-the-art home for the Spiva Center for the Arts, southwest Missouri’s premier visual arts destination, and Connect2Culture, a community arts agency and performing arts presenter. Inspired by the natural lead and zinc formations mined in the region, our design highlights the dynamic interplay of mass and void and a variety of surface finishes that provide an everchanging dance of light over time.

Interior spaces are arranged compactly around the theater to ensure efficient construction and acoustic isolation, while also creating opportunities for synergies between the performing and visual arts. The 450-seat end stage performance hall is fully convertible to a flat floor continuous with the stage to host an array of event types. Positioned between the performance hall and the exterior “town green,” the stage – the heart of the facility – opens to the outside and serves a 1,500-seat amphitheater. We are providing architecture; interiors; planning; electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering; landscape architecture; acoustics; audiovisual; information transport; life safety & security; lighting; and theater technical design services.

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