Shaw Center for the Arts

Shaw Center for the Arts

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Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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The Shaw Center for the Arts combines the Louisiana State University Museum of Art with spaces for LSU’s studio arts programs and an important regional center for the performing arts. The project is located on one and a half city blocks in downtown Baton Rouge, and incorporates an historic older building, the “Auto Hotel.”  The primary public venues, the Museum of Art and the performing arts theaters, form a single structure that cantilevers over the Auto Hotel, which was rebuilt to house classrooms, art studios, curatorial spaces, and a Gallery for the LSU School of Art. The Shaw Center lobby, a 65-foot high space enclosed by glass, connects the three main elements of the project: the museum, the theater complex, and the studio and classroom spaces within the Auto Hotel. In 2018, the Shaw was named the best-designed museum in Louisiana by Architectural Digest.



National Honor Award, American Institute of Architects
Honor Award, AIA Gulf States Region
Honor Award, AIA New England Regional Council
Award for Design, Boston Society of Architects
Higher Education Award, Citation for Design, Boston Society of Architects 

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The Shaw, a glowing modernist structure sheathed in a channel glass and stainless steel exostructure, brings a kind of comfortable informal encounter with the arts, theater and museums, for everyone, complete with a variety of social spaces. Student work mingles with LSU’s museum of fine art. A Louisiana mélange.
— Robert Ivy, Editor in Chief, Architectural Record
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Associate Architect:  Eskew + Dumez + Ripple
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates
Structural Engineer:  McKee & Deville
Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineer:  M&E Consulting
Civil Engineer:  Ferris Engineering
Code: Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
Theatre Programming:   Robert Long & Associates
Theatre Consultants:  Theatre Projects Consultants  
A/V and Acoustical Design:  Acentech Inc.
Programming Consultants:  M. Goodwin & Associates  
Conservation Environment Consultants:  Garrison / Lull
Security Consultants:  Steven R. Keller & Associates
Lighting Designer:  H.M. Brandston & Partners
Elevator Consultant:  Lerch Bates & Associates
Construction Cost Estimator:  Oppenheim Lewis
General Contractor:  The Lemoine Company
Photographer: © Timothy Hursley