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Building for The Arts



In-person! Whether for sports, the arts or in a park, attention is happily returning to in-person gather-ups and events. New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College has joined other institutions of higher education across the country in making big commitments to new facilities. While many are science focused, Dartmouth’s newest build expands access to the arts.


Rugged and Refined

Scheduled for completion in 2025, the job of expanding and modernizing Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts is in the hands of Architecture firm Snøhetta, working with construction manager Consigli. A statement from Snøhetta  offers this inspiration: “Gathering in-person to experience and learn about the Arts is fundamental to enjoying life and especially meaningful in the context of all the difficulties the world is facing right now…The revitalized Hop will advance Dartmouth’s mission and enhance opportunities for artistic exploration and growth, inspiring students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors from around the world.” Affectionately referred to as “the Hop,” the arts center sits on the Dartmouth Green and serves as a gateway for the arts on campus. School Construction News reports:


Snøhetta’s design entailed extending the Hop’s reach such that the new elements blend in with the surrounding campus and the classic feel of this New England town. Snøhetta is applying…a “combination of the rugged and refined” so the Hop honors both the manmade elements of the campus as well as the surrounding mountains…The external plaza makes use of the building’s “gracious curves” so as to more naturally move people as they approach the structure. The plaza will also serve as an outdoor meeting space. Inside, the new lobby…is meant to act as a communal space for people to gather before and after various performances…Snøhetta designed the Recital Hall to resemble a glass-enclosed lantern, and it offers external views of the nearby campus buildings…Snøhetta is also renovating the Hop’s 900-seat theater…as well as Top of the Hop, a rooftop space used by students and faculty alike.


See You at The Hop?

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Dramatic Work Everywhere

Who’s not building for the home team? Stadiums that bring people together for ever more dramatic experiences are popping up everywhere. Arts facilities are too. ANF Group won the bid for  the University of Miami’s new theater arts building, now in preconstruction with the goal of completion for summer 2023. As a project manager describes: “It’s rewarding to know that we are building a project that will have a positive impact on hundreds of students, professors, and educators for years to come.”


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