150,000 SF/Dallas, Texas
SMU engaged BOKA Powell to examine opportunities to renovate and expand the Owen Fine Arts Center, located on the tree-lined campus’ main boulevard, followed by full design services to bring the recommendations to fruition. Multiple additions and renovations over many years had rendered the building inflexible and confusing for users. BOKA Powell began by meeting with stakeholders to understand the existing uses of the building by department and gathering a list of key goals for the project. The study included a full complement of consultants and engineers who developed a comprehensive view of the existing building systems, structure, code compliance, accessibility/circulation, and performance spaces. The team developed three-dimensional computer models and renderings that illuminated opportunities for renovation and expansion, including renovations for all performing arts venues, restructuring space for visual and performing arts departments, re-purposing the former Meadows Museum for administrative office space, and providing other opportunities for expansion in underutilized areas.