LAS VEGAS (October 19, 2006) - The Smith Center for the Performing Arts announces the Design Team for the world-class performing arts center to be located in downtown Las Vegas. The team includes Design Architect David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc.; Executive Architect HKS Architects; Theater Consultant Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc.; and Acoustical Designer Akustiks, LLC. MSA Engineering Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing, WPM Structural.
Myron Martin, President of The Smith Center said, “Our board could not be happier. This is a proven team, capable of giving Las Vegas a truly world-class facility. We thank the members of the architect selection task force for their considerable work and expertise. They selected an extraordinary architect for an extraordinary Center.”
David M. Schwarz is known world-wide for his timeless designs and praised for his exceptional performing arts centers, which include Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and the redesigned/expanded Severance Hall in Cleveland. When asked about his interest in the project, Schwarz said, "There are many steps along a city's road to greatness; the establishment of significant cultural facilities is one of them. We are very excited about being a part of that process in Las Vegas."
About the Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation
The Las Vegas Performing Arts Center Foundation was founded with the primary goal of building a world-class performing arts center in Las Vegas. The Foundation’s board of directors, led by chairman Donald D. Snyder, is a group of influential Nevadans who understand that a first-rate cultural center will not only provide great artistic opportunities for the citizens of southern Nevada, but will also be a catalyst for downtown redevelopment. The Foundation believes strongly in arts education, and plans to work closely with the Clark County School District to ensure that future generations of area students are given great cultural opportunities. The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation generously donated $50 million - the largest single charitable gift ever given in Nevada - to establish an endowment and name the facility after its chairman, Fred W. Smith and his wife, Mary.