Ent Center for the Arts at University of Colorado

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Colorado Springs, CO

The UCCS Ent Center for the Arts is a transformational five-venue center; an innovative collaboration involving the university, six community arts partners and three local school districts. Jaffe Holden provided acoustic and audio/video systems design services for a wide range of spaces including a multi-use hall, recital hall, art gallery, drama theaters, art lab, recording studio, music rehearsal room, teaching studios and practice rooms.

Our acoustic focus within the Shockley-Zalabak Theater was to make it a successful multi-use hall that supports a wide range of programming including full orchestra ensembles to small chamber groups. The acoustic response can be adjusted by a motorized system of drapes and acoustical banners concealed above a partially sound-transparent ceiling. A stage lift allows changes to be made to seating configuration and provides a stage extension. An acoustical shell can be configured to accommodate both large and small group performance. The Chapman Foundation Recital Hall’s acoustics can also be tailored to suit various musical ensembles, thanks to an adjustable acoustic curtain system hidden above the partially sound-transparent ceiling and slatted wood wall at the rear of the stage.

We designed AV systems in the performance spaces to support high-quality productions and facilitate learning. Student technicians learn and practice the concepts of system operation and signal flow in a professional setting. All the major performance spaces and the ensemble rehearsal room have audio and video tie lines to an acoustically isolated recording studio. Infrastructure and cable passes provide connections to broadcast trucks for broadcast to the university’s station or local television stations.

Project Information

92,000 SF
774-Seat Schockley-Zalabak Theater
245-Seat Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA)
Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (Theatreworks)
VAPA Interdisciplinary Arts Lab
Osborne Theater, Recording Studio
Rehearsal Spaces
Instructional Spaces
Office Spaces

Design Team

Architect: H3
Architect of Record: Semple Brown
Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander


$60 Million

Scope of Work

Room Acoustics
Sound Isolation
Sound and Vibration Control
Audio/Video Systems Design


University of Colorado

Completion Date


LEED Rating

Pursuing LEED Gold