Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center / Colorado SpringsCO
How do you build an interdisciplinary auditorium with flexibility for multiple functions?
Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Center represents an innovative approach to the teaching and performing of the arts, and recognizes that the future of such interdisciplinary teaching needs strong technological support. The computer and software systems were designed to accommodate teaching, lectures, drama, video presentations, and music performances; the digital media labs have audio-visual support, as well as video editing workstations, projection screens, and video projectors. 

The 72,500-square-foot, LEED Gold certified building was designed to be a catalyst for arts collaboration and interdisciplinary work. The architecture itself was designed to provide the potential for multiple activities to occur simultaneously or in conjunction with one another. 

Major areas of the building include a 405-seat auditorium, a black box performance venue, a sound stage, a 108-seat film screening room, the Inter-Disciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) Space, and a multi-purpose Flex Room, which can be used as a teaching or performing space. The Cornerstone Arts Center has three floors, a mezzanine at the main auditorium entry, 10 faculty offices, five classrooms, and two digital media labs.
To facilitate the interdisciplinary relationship between the arts, the building was planned for optimum flexibility, and thus every space has been designed to have at least three possible functions. 

Facts And Figures

Colorado College

Completed April 2008


72,500 square feet

Delivery Methods

Construction Manager
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The Team


Creating Stellar Architecture Using BIM Award - American Institute of Architects (AIA) - National, 2009

Excellence in Construction Merit Award - Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) - Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2008

Gold Hard Hat Award - Mountain States Construction (McGraw Hill), 2008