Performance Hall Merits Honor
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007
The Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall at Utah State University, known as The Performance Hall, continues to receive attention for its unique design.
The Performance Hall, which opened in January 2006, has received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council.
On behalf of the American Institute of Architects, California Council, Daniel Carlos said a national jury was selected to review and visit more than 350 applications of architectural excellence by California architects. Sasaki Associates, Inc., which designed the Performance Hall with Gould Evans, has also received awards for its contribution in architecture for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
The Performance Hall was previously recognized in a Salt Lake Tribune article as one of Utah’s best architecturally designed buildings.
The Performance Hall is a 20,000-square-foot building that serves USU, Cache Valley and the Intermountain region. The building is a gift from sisters Manon Russell and Kathryn Wanlass. The facility features a 400-seat performance hall, a stage for up to 22 performers and a lobby with glass windows overlooking a plaza. The hall’s intimate scale is ideal for small acoustical performances, including chamber music, vocal and instrumental concerts, recitals, readings and lectures.
At its dedication, the Performance Hall was described as a premier venue that enriches the academic, professional and personal lives of USU students and faculty and is a gathering place where art touches lives.
An architectural description of the Performance Hall is included at the Sasaki Associates Web site.
The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) is the nation's largest state architectural organization, representing more than 9,000 architects on issues of statewide importance to the public and profession. The Council, comprising 21 regional chapters, has a strong reputation as a member-driven professional organization.
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Source: American Institute of Architects, California Council