Valley Performing Arts Center Honored for Design Excellence


The Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University-Northridge has won several recent design awards for architectural excellence. Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, the Performing Arts Center received an AIA Minnesota Honor Award, an AIA Los Angeles Merit Award, an ENR California /McGraw-Hill Construction Award of Merit, and a Design Award in the Institutional Category by the Southern California Development Forum.

"The project had the confidence to let the program speak for itself," said the AIA Minnesota Awards jurors. "We loved the clarity of vision and attention to detail. The auditorium, in particular, is refined and beautifully detailed-it reinforces the idea of restraint."

The Performing Arts Center sets new standard for performance spaces in the San Fernando Valley while serving the greater Los Angeles area.

Prominently located on the southwest corner of campus, the U-shaped, 166,000-square-foot building includes a 1,700-seat concert hall, 175-seat studio theater, rehearsal space, classrooms, 230-seat lecture hall, and broadcast space for KCSN radio. A grand lobby visually opens the interior to the surrounding neighborhood. Travertine, stone tile and glass embrace the lobby as a grand staircase sweeps upward. The three-tier concert hall features a professional stage house with an 85-foot-high fly-tower. Sinuous wood ribbons wrap the interior in warm hues.