Colby College begins construction on $85m Gordon Center in US

WCN Editorial Team 20 Sep 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Colby College has broken ground on the $85m Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts in Waterville, in the US state of Maine.

The new 74,000ft2 centre will be the new home for Colby’s Departments of Theater and Dance and of Music and the Cinema Studies Program.

It is claimed to be the most advanced and innovative arts facility in the region.

The project will feature a combination of multipurpose performance areas and studios, which are designed for teaching, performing, working, and creating.

It will also include dedicated film editing, screening, and recording rooms, 300-seat dynamic performance hall and Colby’s first arts incubator.

Advanced multimedia and interactive technologies will also be incorporated.

Slated to open in the fall of 2023, the Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts is designed by architect William Rawn of William Rawn Associates, Architects.

Colby College president David Greene said: “The Gordon Center will be a visible and enduring symbol of Colby’s commitment to the arts.

“It will elevate our academic programs, make creativity and performance a centerpiece of a Colby education, create a stunning new gateway to campus, and enrich the entire central Maine community through the vibrancy of its events.”

Colby faculty dean and provost Margaret McFadden said: “The Gordon Center will be a creative laboratory to foster the highest quality and most innovative creative work and a space where the community can attend exciting performances, exhibitions, screenings, and other arts activities.

“The building is designed to enable our students and faculty to collaborate across disciplines in a unique way, and our faculty have embraced the possibilities of this space with energy and imagination.”

Colby College stated that the construction on the Paul J. Schupf Art Center on Main Street is set to be completed in 2022.

It will be a hub and destination for the visual and performing arts, arts education, and film.

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A rendering of the Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts as seen from Mayflower Hill Drive. Credit: Colby.

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