Forbes Performing Arts Center


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The new Forbes Center for the Arts at James Madison University forms the west terminus to the historic main Quadrangle. The open spaces on the site have been configured to bring students and visitors down the axis of the Quad, under Main Street through a new viaduct, and into a series of courtyards. LAB designed this connection, a courtyard at the west end of the viaduct, and an arrival court and pedestrian plaza at the public entry to the performance space. The design is unified by the serial use of rock outcroppings that echo the signature social space on campus at Wilson Hall.  These outcroppings will be exposed and shaped during the construction process. The main public entrance, on the west, is shaped by a series of curved walls and steps that intersect the outcrops, providing seating during intermission and another social space for students.

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