The new performing arts center will include a 1,200-seat main performance hall with an open lobby and porch that will serve as additional space for performances.
The new center will house nationally touring Broadway productions and student musical and theater performances. Its location is in close proximity to the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art creating a new arts district for the university and community. The project broke ground in April 2017 and is expected to complete by 2019.
This project is the first in the state of Alabama to utilize SAM, the brick-laying robot. SAM100 stands for Semi-Automated Mason. SAM can lay more than 3,000 bricks per day.