We designed this teaching and performance building for two distinct academic programs in the arts: dance and music. Each is placed in separate barn-like volume which are linked by a shared lobby and its dramatic canopies. Built on a tight budget, the minimal white volumes are based on the rural agricultural history of the college’s campus.
The understated exterior houses acoustically isolated and finely-tuned performance spaces that include a large dance studio, small music practice rooms, an electronic music classroom, and a 125-seat concert hall. The building was named in honor of the renowned pianist Rudolf Serkin. Peter Serkin, his son, played at the Center’s opening concert.
Key People
Marc Leff
Project Lead
Andrew Ledbetter
Project Manager

Ross Dalland PE

Structural Engineer

WV Engineering

MEP Engineer

Jaffe Holden

Acoustical Engineer

Renfro Design Group

Lighting Design


Birds-eye photograph of building site and context.
Ground floor plan.
Series of sketches, plans, and schemes.
Sketch of front entrance.
Overhead sketch of building.