Moss Arts Center: At a Glance

It feels big. Spacious. Grand.

It’s not the largest building on campus, of course. That honor falls to places such as the Perry Street Parking Garage at 418,000 square feet, Lane Stadium at 296,439 square feet, and Squires Student Center at 235,248 square feet.

But at a total 126,390 square feet, the Moss Arts Center certainly ranks among the top 20 largest buildings on campus.


Construction crews install panels of glass outside the Moss Arts Center. Construction crews install panels of glass outside the Moss Arts Center in October 2012.

Want to know more cool facts? Here you go:

  • About 23,000 square feet of glass covers the building.
  • About 1,500 workers contributed to the construction.
  • The center has 4,200 square feet of gallery space available.
  • The performance hall stage is 5,000 square feet, making it the largest stage on campus.
  • More than 500 theatre lights hang in the building.
  • The performance hall seats 1,260.
  • The theatre’s fly tower is more than 100 feet tall. The space contains the systems of lines, pulleys, and other devices that allow a stage crew to move lights, scenery, and other components of a performance.
  • The fly tower has 80 line sets available. Each line set supports a thin metal beam called a batten, which is used to hang scenery, lighting, or other equipment. Items “fly in” as they become visible to the audience and then “fly out,” raised into the fly tower and out of view.
  • The deepest part of the foundation is 92 feet.
  • More than 1 million feet of conduit and data cables snake through the building.
  • The center received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. LEED certification provides third–party verification that a facility is designed and built to improve energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, and stewardship of resources.

Video: Center for the Arts construction time-lapse

    Center for the Arts construction

Watch a time-lapse video taken during a portion of the construction process.

Video: Center for the Arts nears completion

    Center for the Arts construction

Ruth Waalkes, executive director of the Center for the Arts, gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the new facility in April 2013.