Reynold W. Renolds Performing Arts Center


  • Location:Norman, Oklakoma
  • Client:University of Oklahoma at Norman
  • Descriptions:Addition and alteration to a 90-year-old collegiate gothic style opera house
  • Criteria:New building addition to the existing opera house for the School of Dance and School of Music.  Existing opera house requires a new fly tower, a larger stage as well as extensive interior renovation.

  • The existing stage at the corner of the building was demolished and replaced by a 80 feet tall fly tower with a much larger stage to enhance the flexibility of theatrical performance.
  • The theatre’s original glory was subdued (such as elimination of the traditional domed ceiling) as a result of prior renovation in the 1970’s was restored.
  • Modern materials, such as expanded metal and fiberglass panel, were used in a traditional opera house design to capture the essence of an opera house.
  • Extensive studies with consultants were also performed on lighting and acoustic designs to ensure the performance of the theater.

  • The new addition at the performing arts center uses red bricks and cast stones to match those on the original opera house exterior.
  • The new addition is designed to be a modern interpretation of 19th century collegiate gothic style.