Colby College

Gordon Center for Creative & Performing Arts

Project at a Glance

Waterville, ME


William Rawn Associates

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • State-of-the-art creative and performing arts center to enhance cross-disciplinary connections and collaboration
  • Extensive acoustical requirements to enhance experience across multiple performance spaces
  • Managing new construction on an active, occupied campus

To make creativity a more central component of both the Colby and Waterville community experiences, the College has embarked on an on-campus collaboration and innovation hub to serve as the new home for its Departments of Theater and Dance, Music and the Cinema Studies Program. The Center will house multidisciplinary creative and performing art spaces including a world-class performance hall, arts incubator, recording studio, film-screening studio, practice areas, dressing rooms, scene shop and classrooms to support new forms of creative expression.

A design-assist delivery method is being utilized for the building’s mechanical controls and custom curtainwall for improved constructability and efficiency. To support peak performance quality, extensive acoustic considerations are required throughout various trade packages. The new facility—constructed on the College’s active campus—is part of a larger arts initiative that includes Colby’s Museum of Art, Lunder Institute for American Art and downtown’s Paul J. Schupf Art Center and arts collaborative.