Say the name a couple of times…Sugar Land Performing Arts Center, Sugar Land Performing Arts Center…because in a couple of years, it will be a reality and the name will start to roll off your tongue as if it’s been here forever. Also, maybe the name of the district where it will be located, as well…the Telfair commercial district.
With last week’s unveiling of the architectural rending at Sugar Land city hall, the formal announcement of a design agreement was met with excitement, especially in relation to the look of the new structure. Construction begins next summer. Iconic, actually an iconic element, is what the Washington D.C. based architects, Martinez & Johnson Architects, said the venue with up to 65,00 seats would turn out to be, and symbolic in the city as the forerunner of this kind of design style. The anticipation is now in full gear for the latest cultural destination Sugar Land will have launched for regional audiences with what is expected to be a broad range of performances.
With a clear view of the new performing arts center’s spacious lobby and an outdoor plaza from the street level, there will be a colossal, curved glass wall separating the two. That’s the striking look of the facility, modern, yet classic. Not sure where the sun will rise or set in relation to the place, but the site itself is at the southeast corner of city owned property on U.S. 59 and University Boulevard next to the Texas Instruments headquarters under construction.
Mayor James Thompson and all the city council members were present at the unveiling, and that is what makes them standouts, “engaged” in the project, as ACE Theatrical Group, Houston-based, president David Anderson described their dedication to the success of the effort. ACE Theatrical will also contribute to the performing arts project financially and some sales tax and hotel occupancy tax funds will also go towards funding. Rent revenues from the operation of the performing arts center are intended to further help fund and sustain it.