GREENSBORO, N.C. — After four years of planning, city leaders and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro unveiled exterior and lobby designs Wednesday morning for the planned Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.
“This is really a front door to the arts in Greensboro,” said John Fontillas, the lead design architect with H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. Fontillas said the design is inspired by Greensboro’s rich history and architecture that will include a 3,000 seat venue and grand lobby that can also hold events.
“This is really going to be tricked out with technology,” said Fontillas. “The active acoustic systems is something that a lot of halls try to put in after the fact, we are going to have it from the get-go.”
The venue will host touring concerts, local events — including the Greensboro Symphony — and first-run Broadway shows. Construction on the $78.1 million center, surrounded by North Elm, Lindsay and Bellemeade Streets and Summit Avenue, is expected to start in late September.
The city will put up $39.6 million from hotel taxes, ticket and parking fees while the rest, $38.5 million, will come from private donations.
“I think this is just one of the ingredients that shows that Greensboro is really vibrant and we are moving forward,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “When we talk with our large employers, not only downtown but throughout the city, they are so excited about what this is going to do for downtown.”
The center is slated to open in June 2018.