SWC Performing Art & Cultural Center

Chula Vista, CA
Southwestern College
Architecture
Under Construction

The new, $52.7 million Performing Arts and Cultural Center (PACC) is a multi-purpose, educational complex that will be able to house community and public events, gatherings for cultural celebrations, as well as school activities. With 48,576 square feet of gross floor area, it contains classrooms designed for dance instruction, lecture halls, theater lab classrooms, stage prop and stage construction spaces, and two theaters for events and performances. Specifically, the complex includes one 540-seat theater, and a smaller scale 151-seat black box theater that can support multiple audience sizes for public events and smaller student and university audiences, meant for either internal events or classroom instruction. In both its program scope and overall design, the project is developed with the goal of achieving LEED Silver certification, and serving as a new, unique resource for the Southwestern College community.