NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has been selected to design a major performing arts center in Salt Lake City, Utah, that local officials envision as the region’s premier entertainment venue. Working with HKS Architects’ Salt Lake City office, PCPA will lead the design of the Utah Performing Arts Center on the city’s Main Street, where it will anchor a vibrant arts district.

The selection committee of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City chose the PCPA/HKS team from a competitive pool that included designers of some of the most prestigious theaters in the world. “We are honored to be selected to design the Utah Performing Arts Center,” said Cesar Pelli, senior principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. “Salt Lake City’s attractive downtown, vibrant cultural life, and wonderful views will all shape our design for what will be an important new venue for the entire city and state.”

As in the firm’s previous work, the design of the Utah Performing Arts Center will capture the spirit of its place. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects will weave the theater into downtown Salt Lake City, making connections to recent developments and serving as a catalyst for additional economic growth. The firm’s acclaimed works include the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisc.; and the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater in Orange County, Calif.—all world-class theaters that reflect their surroundings.

The 2,500-seat, state-of-the-art theater will be designed to attract the biggest and best first-run touring Broadway shows and concerts and will provide an additional venue for Utah performance groups such as Ballet West and Utah Opera.

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