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Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center

Prize(s) Honorable Mentions
Company Spectrum Engineers, Inc.
Lead Designers Vellachi Ganesan
Other Designer's names Erik Yamashiro, Chari L. Sherrill, Olivia Neville
Architecture Company Method Studio
Interior Design Company Method Studio
Client Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center
Photo Credits Melissa Kelsey
Other Credits Theatre Consultant: Shalleck Collaborative; Electrical Design: Spectrum Engineers
Completion Date June 2021
Project Location Taylorsville, Utah
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Entry Description
Named “Jewel of a Theatre,” the 70,000 sqf. Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center is a $45 million performance venue, hosting a 439-seat proscenium theater & a 212-seat studio theatre. Though situated next to the highway, there is an imbued silence as you enter. Architectural lines, forms, & materials are harmonized in poetic composition. The main intent for lighting was to capture, accentuate and express this essence of space & atmosphere.

Both interior & exterior illumination strive to present perfectly balanced, ordered visual aesthetics in each of the DMX-programmed scenes, while considering resonance with the architectural colors and materials.

To further add value & revenue-generating capacity, tunable lighting was implemented in the rehearsal room. This system allows for the space to be visually balanced (color, intensity) with daylight, functioning as a rehearsal space while also offering the possibility of low lit, warm hospitality ambiences for events.

A technical challenge in this project was lighting balcony curves in the proscenium theatre, which was lit with a side emitting fixture (LN21) in a tightly controlled detail. Special access for maintenance was designed.