Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts Celebrates Grand Opening
Real Estate Rama
March 29, 2016
KTGY represented the project through the City’s Design Review process including preparation and processing a Specific Plan Amendment, Design Review Committee Review, and outreach to neighbors, students, historic advocacy groups, and community leaders
IRVINE, CALIF. – (RealEstateRama) — International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Chapman University’s Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts recently celebrated its grand opening.
Located in the City of Orange Old Towne District, the Musco Center for the Arts boasts over 88,000 breath-taking square feet of state-of-the-art performing art space, an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels, a multi-purpose Proscenium-style theater hall, rehearsal space, associated performer and support space and storage, administrative offices, and a multi-level lobby.
According to Ken Ryan, principal and head of KTGY’s Community Planning and Urban Design Studio, the Center not only creates a welcoming new campus gateway for Chapman University, but also provides a variety of appropriately-scaled inviting outdoor venues for campus events, performances, meetings and gatherings. Much of the building is set into the ground to reduce its overall height, comply with city ordinance, and blend with the surrounding historic district.
KTGY represented the project through the City’s Design Review process including preparation and processing a Specific Plan Amendment, Design Review Committee Review, and outreach to neighbors, students, historic advocacy groups, and community leaders. KTGY also created project information booklets for City staff and decision makers that cover such topics as aesthetics, compliance with city codes, landscape treatments, compatibility with existing uses, programmatic elements and more. KTGY was involved in the process from initial concepts through construction, facilitating and coordinating various submittal packages and obtaining planning approvals for signage and revisions to the building after preliminary approvals.
Since 2001, KTGY’s Community Planning and Urban Design Studio has represented the University as Design Advisors and Project Representatives for over 35 projects. “We have worked closely with project-specific architects and other consultant team members in preparing and processing the required City submittals for a wide variety of projects. We have also been involved in coordinating with the University’s president, administration, and board of directors,” said Ryan. “In addition, our staff members were also involved in preparing and successfully processing the campus-wide Specific Plan and EIR for Chapman University through the City of Orange.”