Project Profile: Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity
From its earliest inception, the Weitz Center for Creativity was imagined as much more than an arts building. While it does create much-needed new exhibit and performance spaces, the Weitz Center’s true mission is to serve as a working laboratory for creativity – not only in the arts, but across the entire curriculum.
Carleton College selected the firm of Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle LTD (MS&R) to develop the former Northfield middle school into the Weitz Center for Creativity – a project that called for renovation and re-use of a 100-year-old building, with 70- and 50-year-old additions, along with construction of new areas to provide additional program-specific spaces and to tie the whole complex together.
E&A consultants Will Craig (Carleton ‘94) and Kaarin Taylor (Carleton ‘09) worked with diverse groups of stakeholders to ensure that the technology-rich spaces could be designed with maximum effectiveness while limiting costs.
The project included “Sandbox” and “Idea Lab” classrooms, inspired by SCALE-UP/TEAL principles and by the Apple Store designs, respectively. Other notable designs included two HD video production studios, an audio recording studio, two dance practice/performance venues, a large black box theater, a 250-seat digital cinema with THX-quality sound system, and numerous high-tech classrooms and meeting spaces.
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