Dirt Work Underway for TU PAC

Bulldozers are busy on the University of Tulsa’s campus clearing the way for the 77,000-SF Roxana Rozsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center.
Major gifts have also been secured for a new petroleum engineering facility, according to TU Director of University Relations David Hamby, but details on the building, its design and location are still in their infancy.
With fund raising for the PAC nearly complete, Hamby said the university is trying to make construction is ready to start the minute the last check is cashed.
“It has been a long-held dream of the University of Tulsa to have a performing arts center of this magnitude,” Hamby said. “We are anxious to get started.”
Amenities at the new facility will include: A 700-seat concert theatre with balcony; a full performance stage with ballet floor, scenery fly and trap room, a hydraulic orchestra pit, theatrical lighting and acoustical control booths; a 6,000-SF grand hall dually designed for art display and pre-function gatherings; faculty offices to accommodate up to two grand pianos each, specialized rehearsal and practice rooms, classrooms and teaching studios; a film production suite with post-production editing and scoring capabilities; two recital halls, including one with fixed seating for 100 and another with flexible seating; a dressing suite complete with a green room and VIP lounge, shower and laundry facilities; an outdoor colonnade with two-story gothic arches overlooking a front lawn.
Hamby said the $34 million project is the most expensive build the university has ever undertaken.
As previously announced, the Lorton family has contributed a large portion of the cost for the facility.
In addition to the Lortons, major commitments have come from: the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Foundation; Ellen and Stephen Adelson; Caroline and Tom Benediktson; Pat and Arnold Brown; the J.A. and Leta Chapman Trusts; Kathie and John Coyle; Ann Graves; the estate of Nan Jankowsky; Jake Jorishe; the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Nancy and Peter Meinig; and faculty members of the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences.

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