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“I am writing to express my satisfaction with the performance of Horst Construction on the Millersville University Winter Center for the Visual and Performing Arts project. The Horst team worked with the University staff to deliver a high quality facility on time for use by the University, even considering unforeseen underground water and contaminated soil conditions that impacted the work and schedule significantly. In addition, with the potential for escalating costs present due to the unforeseen conditions, Horst Construction worked directly with Millersville University management to resolve potential cost increases without impacting the project schedule. The facility has exceeded expectations within the campus community.”

Steven Strock, PE, Project Manager
Millersville University
Millersville, PA

Millersville University, Winter Visual & Performing Arts Center

Owner: Millersville University
Location: Millersville, PA
Architect: Spillman Farmer Architects

Every great theatre production includes numerous details that go on behind the curtain that the audience will never see but which play a huge role in the audience’s memorable experience.  Such is the case with the planning, design and construction of the Winter Visual & Performing Arts Center at Millersville University.  Intricate details are hidden behind the walls, under the floors and in the highly technical equipment that was selected for the facility.

Innovation. Engagement. Creativity.  These are three words that Millersville University uses to share the spirit of their center.  This collaborative space reflects the interconnected world we live in, especially on a college campus.  The building was designed to bring students, teachers, technology, nature, music, theatre, and visual arts together under one roof.

Project Type: Addition and Renovation
Services: General Contracting
Size: Addition – 54,000 square feet Renovation – 29,000 square feet
  • New Main Entrance
  • 290 Seat Concert Hall
  • Recital/Rehearsal Hall
  • Art Gallery
  • Digital Recording Studio
  • Offices
  • Classrooms
  • Additional Studios
  • Complete Renovation of Alumni Hall/Lyte Autditorium
  • Upgrading of the 651 Seat Auditorium, Stage House, Classrooms and Music Studio
  • Clair Brothers Sound System
  • Acoustic Cloud Ceiling System
  • Stage Area – new rigging system, larger stage access door, and catwalks
  • Digital Control Rooms
  • Motorized acoustic barriers and screens in Concert Hall for acoustic tuning of the entire room
  • Spring dance flooring in the Dance Studio
  • State-of-the-Art Digital Piano Laboratory
  • Special soundproofing products for walls, floors, windows, and doors
  • New Scene Studio for Set/Stage Construction
  • High Density Music Library Room
  • Student Gathering Spaces
  • ABC Keystone – Excellence in Construction – Award of Excellence