David M. Schwarz Architects has completed the Smith Center for the Performing Artsin Las Vegas.
Several physical details of the Hoover Dam provided inspiration for the design of the 358,000-sf Smith Center, including the massing and articulation of its water intake towers; the care taken with concrete, stone and terrazzo finishes; the incorporation of art, iconography and ornamentation on both the exterior and interior; and the aspiration to create a timeless structure that lasts for many generations beyond its creators.
Sited at the heart of 61 acres of environmentally remediated and reclaimed rail yards, The Smith Center accommodates multiple venues for a broad range of performance genres and events.
The 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall with its dramatic stage, stunning balconies, and full orchestra pit will host orchestra, opera, dance, Broadway and first-run touring attractions from around the world. The Boman Pavilion is home to more intimate musical and drama settings, including Cabaret Jazz and the Troesh Studio Theater, plus classrooms, offices and ground level retail. The Pavilion overlooks Symphony Park, a 1.7-acre outdoor venue, which will host performances and events, and other entertainment gatherings.
Additionally, The Smith Center will be the first major multi-purpose performance center in the U.S. to earn Silver LEED certification. BD+C