Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Arup, Ove, and Partners (firm); Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Performing Arts/Media Facilities Planning and Design (firm); BOORA Architects (firm); Mayer / Reed, Incorporated, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communications (firm); McCarthy Building Companies, Incorporated, General Contractors (firm); McKay Conant Hoover, Incorporated, Acoustical Consultants (firm); Morton and Pitalo, Incorporated (firm); Walker Macy Landscape Architecture (firm); Walker, Peter and Partners, (PWP), Landscape Architects (firm); Ove Arup (structural engineer); S. Leonard Auerbach (perfoming arts design consultant); John W. Broome (architect); Dennis Jerome O'Toole (architect); John O'Toole (architect); Robert Eugene Oringdulph (architect); Rudolf (architect); Peter J. Walker (landscape architect)

Dates: constructed 2001-2002

total floor area: 108,000 sq. ft.

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1 Shields Avenue
University of California, Davis, Campus, Davis, CA 95616

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The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, named for the successful vintner and his wife, was designed by Portland-based BOORA Architects, a firm that specialized in university buildings. BOORA gave the performing arts center a powerful sculptural form and made it one of the most environmentally-sound buildings of its kind in the US. It opened on 10/03/2002.

Building History

BOORA Architects collaborated with a large team of engineers, acousitc and lighting specialists, landscape architects and interior designers including ARUP (Engineering), Auerbach Pollock Friedlander (Performing Arts/Media Facilities Planning and Design), Mayer/Reed (Landscape Architecture and Visual Communications), McKay Conant Hoover (Acoustical Consultants), Peter Walker & Partners (Landscape Architecture), Walker Macy (Landscape Architecture), Morton and Pitalo, Incorporated, (Civil Engineering), and McCarthy Construction.

Boora Architects designed this 106,000 square-foot, multi-level, steel-frame performing arts complex for the University of California Regents. It contained performance hall seating for 1,800 in Jackson Hall and a more intimate, 250-seat studio theatre Vanderhoef Studio Theater. The building cost $51.6 million.

Building Notes

According to the Bora Architects' web site: "The lobby links a 170-seat studio theater with a 1,800-seat main hall. Adjustable architectural and acoustical elements within the performance spaces allow multiple uses in both halls. Jackson Hall can be configured to accommodate symphonic orchestra and choir, drama, musical theater, opera, dance, and convocation. The studio theater has similar flexibility and is connected to the adjacent arboretum through doors in a 40-foot-wide wall of windows." (See Bora Architects, "Mondavi Center for the Arts," accessed 06/23/2016.) Other sources indicated that the Banderhoef Studio Theater, the smaller venue, had a capacity not of 170, but 250. It may be that seating varied dependent on what sort of performance was being staged.

The Mondavi Center won the following awards for design: Merit Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northwest and Pacific Region; Honor Award, AIA Portland; Honor Award, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Oregon Chapter; Best of California 2003, Construction Magazine, 2004.

PCAD id: 2456