HGA's $125 Million Valley Performing Arts Center Opens

HGA's $125 Million Valley Performing Arts Center Opens

01.31.11

Dramatic architecture designed by HGA Architects and Engineers officially takes center stage as the $125 million, 166,000 SF Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) opens on the campus of California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Following its Jan. 29 black-tie gala opening event, HGA's creation sets a new standard for world-class live performing arts centers and separates itself as one of the top three arts venues in Southern California and the new crown jewel of cultural entertainment in the San Fernando Valley.

Designed to exceed LEED Silver certifications, VPAC stands prominently on the easily accessible southwest corner of the CSUN campus and raises the bar for future design of performing arts facilities. Blending state-of-the-art technology and creative design with sustainability and engineering innovation, HGA's design team balanced seemingly contradictory goals while staying within the university's budget and delivering on a high-profile project that was decades in the making.

"HGA set out to create a performing arts center that that can host world-class talent and any kind of live performance, all within an environmentally sustainable building that CSUN and the community can be proud of," said Gary Reetz, AIA, vice president and principal with HGA in Minneapolis. "In creating a facility exceeding LEED Silver standards, HGA balanced resource efficiency, material choices, natural lighting, ventilation and efficient mechanical systems that each plays a key role in VPAC's environmental impact."