Orange County Performing Arts Center – Segerstrom Hall

Client: Orange County Performing Arts Center
Services Provided: Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Theater Consulting
Project Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Project Size: 240,000 sf
Construction Cost: $60,000,000
Associate Architect: CRSS Architects, Inc.
Theater Consultant: JVSA / John von Szeliski, AIA and tBP/Architecture
Acoustical Consultant: Jerald Hyde Acoustician

The Segerstrom Hall complex includes Segerstrom Hall, a 3,000-seat multi-purpose theater, a 300-seat “black box” theater, and extensive support spaces and public plaza areas. The seating plan and wall configurations are a response to precise acoustical requirements, dividing into four levels. The lobbies open into shared vertical volumes and to indoor and outdoor balconies with views overlooking the main plaza.

2010 AIAOC 25 Year Award American Institute of Architects, Orange County
MERIT AWARD American Institute of Architects, Orange County
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD American Institute of Architects, Orange County

Juror’s Comments:
“Timeless – The large scale entry arch has been an iconic image for the County since opening day and if it were designed today the design would hold up very well. There is elegance in the form and simplicity of materials. The building and site are uniquely Southern California with design features like the pedestrian ramp that grows from the extensive landscape, the large outdoor pre-function space and the drive through ticketing all announce that this is the building designed for its place. This project set an important example for future buildings that would become the center and heart for performing arts in Orange County.”