Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, Lynn University Florida, Architect, News

Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton, FL : Lynn University Campus

Lynn University Building, Florida design by Newman Architects, USA

Oct 18, 2012

Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center

Campus of Lynn University

Location: Boca Raton, north of Miami, Florida, USA

Design: Newman Architects

Site of Obama/Romney Final Debate Is Architecturally Innovative Performing Arts Center

Visionary Building to Punctuate Importance of Historic Event

Lynn University Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center Designed by Newman Architects

BOCA RATON, FLA – The Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University, designed by Newman Architects, New Haven, CT, will host the final debate between President Barack Obama and GOP Candidate Mitt Romney, October 22, 2012. This historic occasion will be enhanced by the outstanding architecture.

Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center
photo © Robert Benson Photography

When developing the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, Newman Architects was commissioned to create a versatile and intimate space for an array of occasions. The building, characterized as “frozen music” because of its unique technical and aesthetic features, will unify the live audience and those watching from home in a shared participation of this momentous event.

Among those features are:

• Superb acoustics and appropriate reverberation time as a result of specially engineered concaved wood paneling,
• Encouraged socialization and intimacy through auditorium central entrance and rounded house design,
• 750-seat auditorium developed to minimize distance of the farthest seat from stage,
• All seats are connected to the stage engaging the audience and performers in a shared excitement and immediacy,
• Grand two-story lobby lit with chandeliers accentuated by curved entrance canopy,
• Spacious reception area opens up to terrace views,
• Environmentally friendly interior finishes crafted locally and sustainable-design strategies implemented,
• Exterior shell is made of pre-cast tilt-up concrete panels, cast on the site and erected quickly and efficiently, allowing for a short construction period,
• Situated on the edge of the campus minimizing traffic problems.

Location for Final Obama / Romney Debate:
Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Campus of Lynn University Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton Lynn University Campus Lynn University Boca Raton
photos © Robert Benson Photography

Newman Architects

Herbert Newman is a graduate of Brown University and received a Masters of Architecture from the Yale University School of Architecture. As Design Principal, Herbert Newman has led the direction of Newman Architects’ diverse portfolio of projects for public and private clients, including colleges and universities, corporations, civic agencies, public libraries, k-12 schools, fine and performing arts centers, religious buildings, and private residences. Newman Architects, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, provides full architectural services and interior design services.

Lynn University

Lynn University is an independent, nonprofit university located in Boca Raton, Fla. The university is home to five academic colleges, a Conservatory of Music, School of Aeronautics, and the Institute for Achievement and Learning. Lynn University is recognized as one of the most innovative, international, and individualized small universities in America. It is one of two schools with programs for traditional and non-traditional learning selected to host the 2012 presidential debate. For more about Lynn University, please visit

Kevin M. Ross, President of Lynn University: “Everyone who visits the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Campus of Lynn University is struck by its intimacy and its beauty. Herb Newman and Newman Architects made this venue a very special space on our campus. When members of the Commission on Presidential Debates initially visited to evaluate the University as a possible site for the presidential debate, they commented on that they could make this already beautiful space look magnificent on television.”

Herbert Newman, FAIA, Newman Architects: “We were tasked with providing a facility that would serve both the University as a teaching environment as well as the community as a unique income-generating venue. The space is designed with flexibility in mind and accommodates theatrical productions (drama, opera, musicals), concerts and other cultural events with adjustable acoustic components to allow for lectures and campus presentations. The design conveys a shared sense of participation of audience and performer.“

Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Campus of Lynn University images / information from Newman Architects

Location: Lynn University, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA

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