Skagit Valley College McIntyre Hall

Mt. Vernon, Washington

Project Size:

37,000 square feetSeating capacity: 700 seats

Project Status:

Completed 2004


Arts + Culture, Education Design

Selected Awards

2009 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region,

Merit Award

2006 AIA Seattle Chapter

Merit Award

2005 AIA Washington Council

Civic Design Awards, Merit Award

The essence of the program is community integration. Marking the main campus entry to Skagit Valley College, McIntyre Hall serves a diverse collection of college and community performing arts groups, and also functions as a conference center for many types of regional meetings and events.

The building is sited to frame the edge of a major campus green, and presents an urban facade to the adjacent arterial street. An internal curved wall—made of concrete, stained terra cotta color and imprinted with abstractions of dance performance—performs a dual role in the composition of space. It enwraps and defines the multi-purpose lobby/conference space and forms an architectural “filter," animating the experience of entry progression to the auditorium.

The interior of the auditorium exerts its own architectural presence derived from its multi-functionality, responsive acoustics and melding of room/proscenium expression. Flexible technical systems and forestage configurations accommodate a wide range of performance types, and a series of interlocking acoustic wood panels create an inner liner that defines a smaller, more intimate audience chamber within the auditorium “box.” Natural, warm-tone materials and integrated detailing of balcony fronts, guardrails and lighting all contribute to a cohesive experience.