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longwood university music and performing arts building

project story

Working integrally alongside David M. Schwarz Architects (Design Architect), CJMW Architecture (AoR) is leading a multi-disciplinary team to design a new music education and performance building on Longwood’s campus in Farmville. The new facility will replace Wygal Hall, which was completed in 1971 and has not been renovated since. Recommended as one of the “seven big ideas” to transform Longwood’s campus by the University’s 2025 Master Plan, the new performance facility occupies an important site as a gateway building to the campus.

The new building will sit across Iler Field from Dorrill Dining Hall, designed by CJMW almost 20 years ago. At that time, we saw the potential to create a quad as a campus focal point and so designed Dorrill’s façade in a graceful sweeping curve to frame the edge of the Field. Since then, Iler Field has become one of Longwood’s iconic open green spaces.

Having been used as a construction staging area for several projects in the vicinity and with Wygal Hall Replacement expected to be the last, Iler Field will soon be restored for public use. While not currently part of the project site, the design team is also looking ahead to this time and assisting the University with conceptual planning for site improvements of Iler Field.

The new Music and Performing Arts Building will include approximately 60,720 gross square feet of instructional, administrative and support spaces. The classical brick and stone façade speaks to the University’s historic campus and traditional architecture.

The new building’s features will include state-of-the-art music teaching spaces and student learning facilities; flexible, multi-use rehearsal and performance spaces; offices and other academic support spaces; and a 500-seat concert hall that will also support academic, student, university and community events. The new facility will incorporate appropriate sustainable design features, practices, and materials, equivalent to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-NC Silver level.

Location: Farmville, Virginia
Square footage: 60,720
Services: master planning, architecture, interior design, ffe
Associate Architect: David M. Schwarz Architects