The Soraya (formerly Valley Performing Arts Center)
Premiere arts center garners world-class programming and support
The Valley Performing Arts Center, recently renamed the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts or “the Soraya,”, serves as a cultural hub for California State Northridge, the San Fernando Valley, and the Los Angeles area. The significant performing arts center includes a 1,700-seat performance hall, 175-seat black box theatre, backstage support, classrooms, 230-seat lecture room, rehearsal and events space, and broadcast facility for KCSN public radio. Stone, tile, and glass embrace the visually open lobby as a sweeping staircase stretches upward.
The three-tier concert hall features a professional stage-house with an 85-foot-high full fly-tower. Stainless-steel mesh panels along the sides and rear shimmer in pre-show light as patrons take their seats. Sinuous wood ribbons radiate from the stage, wrapping the balconies and walls in warm hues.
The electrical system supports and integrates with the diverse programming requirements throughout the different spaces.
The mechanical system accommodates varied programming needs while delivering optimal energy performance. The HVAC system taps into the university’s four existing chillers for cooling and dehumidification. In addition, the system utilizes recovered heat from two hydrogen fuel cells feeding the campus electrical grid to provide heating and domestic hot-water load. Within the performance hall, a displacement-ventilation system uses the natural buoyancy of warm air to provide ventilation and comfort with air supplied from floor-mounted registers under audience seats. By taking advantage of the seating slope, the design utilizes concrete tunnels to deliver supply air to the floor outlets.
The structural engineering supports the diverse programming and architectural components in a seismically sensitive location.
LEED® Gold certified.Portfolio
Awards & Recognition
- AIA Los Angeles 2011 Design Award
- AIA Minnesota 2011 Honor Award
- Best Projects of 2011 - Higher Education and Research, ENR California
- IES/IIDA 2012 Section Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design
- Los Angeles Business Council 2012 Architecture Award
- CSUN Names the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts