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Dartmouth announced today, November 28, 2012, the selection of Boora Architects of Portland, Ore., to design a renovation and re-imagination of its Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Since its founding 50 years ago, “The Hop” has established itself as Northern New England’s leading performing arts center and pioneered a model for the integration of the arts into a university community, with presentation and studio spaces united under one roof to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration at every stage of the creative process. The Hop is a cornerstone of Dartmouth’s expanded Arts District, encompassing the Hood Museum of Art and the recently opened Black Family Visual Arts Center, designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates.
The Hopkins Center is undertaking this project at a moment when student and public demand for its facilities and programming is greater than at any other time in the institution’s history. The Hop project aspires to respond to these growing needs, and coincides with the recent inauguration of its 50th Anniversary season and Dartmouth’s concurrent celebration of the arts throughout the 2012-13 academic year.
“The Hopkins Center is a cornerstone of the intellectual, cultural, and creative vibrancy that defines Dartmouth,” said Dartmouth President Carol L. Folt. “With guidance from our dedicated faculty and Hop staff, generations of students have been nurtured and inspired to find their voices and their passion in the Hop’s performance halls, studios, and classrooms. The Hop’s impact—as a national example for integrating the arts in a collegiate setting, a catalyst and supporter of the creation of new works, and a treasured destination in our community—is profound.”
Founded in 1958, Boora Architects has a long history of successful work with performance halls, arts centers, and campus-based arts organizations. A leader in sustainable design and energy efficient buildings, Boora is recognized nationally for creating spaces that encourage flexibility, promote human interaction, and are adaptable for different types of teaching and learning environments.