Completed in 2009, the 58,000-square-foot Montgomery College Performing Arts Center on the school’s Takoma Park campus is innovative in more than just its sleek, modern design. The glass, concrete and metal interior houses a 500-seat theater for music and dance, a 125-seat performance studio for drama, plus classrooms, public gathering areas and a dance studio with floor-to-ceiling windows. A roofscape and glass-walled street front deftly connect the building to its surroundings, while the Center itself provides a bridge between the east and west sides of the campus. It also offers a new county-wide venue for live theater that enhances the college and community alike.
ARCHITECTURE: DAVID GREENBAUM, FAIA, LEED AP, design principal; BILL JONES, AIA, LEED AP, project manager, SmithGroup, Washington, DC. CONTRACTOR: BOVIS LEND LEASE CONSTRUCTION, Rockville, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: ALAN KARCHMER, Courtesy of SmithGroup.