Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
Hailed as a superlative performance venue and an acoustic marvel 40 years ago, the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center was feeling its age. The Covenant Fine Arts Center (CFAC) is the front door of the Calvin College campus for many in the broader community. It was important to maintain that connection as well as serve the college’s students by creating additional practice, rehearsal, teaching and performance space. The solution was to modernize the CFAC but respect its heritage and nostalgic appeal to the community.
The exterior was designed to respect the campus Prairie School design language and added 40,000 square feet of space to the original 72,000 square foot CFAC. The west side entrance of the building was enlarged to serve as an anchor for its three main public spaces: the new 240 seat recital hall, new 3,800 square foot gallery and 1,100 seat renovated auditorium. The expanded east side added a student lounge surrounded by classrooms, practice and teaching suites, instrument storage, a musical library and the English and music department offices. The entire facility is anchored by the renovated CFAC auditorium, complete with new HVAC and lighting, fabrics and woodwork.