Size: 7,000 square feet
Status: Completed 2015
Program: Sustainable new addition to historic church serving as regional arts center
Monroe Arts Center
The Monroe Arts Center is a community-based arts organization currently located in an 1869 Gothic Revival-style church listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
TKWA was hired to design a contemporary, yet sensitive, addition to the facility that would address a variety of program needs. The primary concerns of the expansion plan include the addition of gallery space, increased public gathering space for the existing first floor performance space, and improved handicapped accessibility. The expansion plan also offers the opportunity to create a new public entrance and a more prominent presence in the community.
The arts center addition features a variety of sustainable design features. A south facing orientation and indirect skylights provide abundant natural daylight that is balanced with solar control features for archival needs. A highly insulated building shell provides long-term energy efficiency. Internal temperature and humidity controls are designed to meet the archival needs of collections display and storage.
TKWA developed a master plan concept package used successfully for donor fundraising.