Andrew’s University Howard Performing Arts Center
State: Michigan Completed: 2015
Seeking to create more than ‘just another music auditorium’, Andrew’s University envisioned a musical and architectural landmark for the Michiana region. That goal was achieved through the architectural excellence of Harley Ellis, an architectural firm that has done musical and performance facilities at Michigan State and Central Michigan Universities. Harley Ellis chose to work with Kerkstra Precast in fulfilling their vision for the center. Fifty-three exposed aggregate vertical wall panels were erected to enclose the buildings 43,000 square feet. The dramatic front elevation is faced with full height curved glass and vertical precast concrete columns. This grand entry all serves as a visible symbol and timeless image for the entire university. It also demonstrated the design flexibility and distinctive appearance that is possible with Kerkstra Precast’s concrete wall panels.