Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts to have big effect on community
The roar of power tools filled the cavernous space that will become a state-of-the-art 1,260-seat theater in the forthcoming Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.
Project Manager Jon Miller demonstrated how effective the performance hall’s acoustics are even at this incomplete stage. As he led a tour group out from the theater’s highest balcony, he pointed out how the design dramatically muffled the construction noise, leaving the outside hall relatively quiet.
The center’s executive director, Ruth Waalkes, was part of the tour group. “What Ruth and the Center for the Arts have bought with the design is a world-class acoustical performance space,” Miller said.
The theater also includes two balconies, four tiers of box seats, two orchestra pit platforms that can be lowered and raised, and enough backstage space — and trapdoor space beneath the stage — to put on a Broadway-sized production.