Peoria Center for the Performing Arts

  • Client

    • City of Peoria, AZ.
  • Project Type

Design Achievement - Looking to establish an arts district and create a catalyst for downtown revitalization, the City of Peoria recognized a need for a new state-of-the-art performance venue that could accommodate diverse performance, community, and educational programming. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky's design creates a vibrant and flexible, multi-functional performing arts and community center situated on a prominent and accessible site in the context of a public park and pedestrian street. The theater and lobby open to garden settings as a community amenity and downtown "living room." A palette of forms, materials, textures, and colors draws inspiration from the southwest desert/mountain context. The striking roof structure – an organic, sculptural expression evoking silhouettes of distant mountains – consists of a series of folded plates of copper shingle that visually reduces the large scale of the stage house. The roof hangs over the building envelope providing shade for public spaces and the glass lobby façade, which gives visual access to activity within. The primary user is the preeminent community theater group, Theatre Works. 

Scope Summary - The new 21,000-SF venue includes two multi-functional stages. A 250-seat main stage theater has flexible seating for varying audiences and an orchestra pit for up to 17 musicians. An 80-seat black box experimental theater provides adjustability for staging on risers and theater-in-the-round, as well as corporate meetings, receptions, and other rental uses. The black box provides an intimate space for programming outside the mainstream. Other components include an art gallery/lobby, two large classrooms/workshop, dressing rooms, and offices. Allowing for simultaneous use and access, public and support spaces serve both stages independently. The project included integrated state-of-the-art theater technology and staging systems, including computerized dimming and stage lighting control systems and a variable-speed, motorized stage rigging system that is operable by one person rather than multiple people and is safer to operate than typical counterweight rigging systems. DLR Group|WRL provided architecture, mechanical  and electrical engineering, interior design, and theater technical services.

DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Citation Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona
  • Honor Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio/Kentucky
  • Chairman's Award for Built Work

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Cleveland

Peoria Center for the Performing Arts

City of Peoria, AZ.