Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - performing arts structures; built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates (firm); KPFF Consulting Engineers (firm); Thornton Tomasetti, Incorporated, Engineers (firm); Hsin-Ming Fung (architect); Craig Hodgetts (architect)

Dates: constructed 2008-2009

1 story

Valencia, Santa Clarita, CA

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Having worked on a renovation of the Hollywood Bowl in 2003-2004, the architectural firm of Hodgetts and Fung won this commission from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) for a new performamce space, referred to as the "Wild Beast." The name comes from a quote by the New York-born composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987). CalArts web site introducing the building stated: "The Wild Beast was named in honor of Morton Feldman, Composer-in-Residence at CalArts in 1986, who likened the ineffable creative energy in art to a wild beast." (See "Wild Beast,"Accessed 02/07/2012.) Architect Craig Hodgetts also had ties to CalArts, as he had taught there in its now defunct School of Design in the 1970s. Hsinming Fung served as Director of Design for the Wild Beast; Amber Langlois was the Project Manager. Thornton Thomasetti was the Structural Engineer, KOFF the Civil Engineer, Lucci and Associates the Electrical Engineer, and Design Build the Mechanical Engineer. Salt Landscape had the commission for landscaping, and McKay Conant Hoover, Incorporated, of Westlake Village, CA, was the Acoustical Consultant. The budget was small $2.35 million, requiring the architects to compromise on several aspects of their design.

The pavilion could accommodate indoor and outdoor audiences. Two wide fiber-cement doors slid open to enable 800 outdoor spectators to view performances; a smaller, 140-seat audience could be seated on folding chairs inside.

PCAD id: 17548