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Project Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts
Owner Southern Utah University

Project Size

104,700 square feet

Project Dates

20 months

Project Location

Cedar City, Utah
Southern Utah University

“After 20 years, this project is now in my heart.” -Jack Livingood, Big-D Construction

  • ENR Mountain States - 2017 Best Cultural/Worship Project
  • ENR Mountain States - 2017 Excellence in Safety Merit Award
  • ABC Utah - 2016 Champion of the Year
  • ABC Utah - 2016 Institution Over $10 Million
  • Utah Construction & Design - 2016 Outstanding Community Institutional Project
  • AGC Utah - 2016 Cultural Project of the Year

Project Description

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is a project that encompasses approximately 5.5 acres of site development and two new buildings—the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) Facility. Located on Southern Utah University’s campus in Cedar City, the project will create a comprehensive center for visual and performing arts by engaging the existing Randall Jones Theatre with the new art museum and Shakespeare theatres.

At approximately 18,000 square feet of enclosed space, the SUMA is a single-story structure featuring a flexible gallery space, education classroom, administrative, art processing and storage components. The building’s roof hovers beyond the footprint to create a sheltered plaza extending the gallery and allowing for receptions and public event space.

The new USF facility is approximately 86,000 gross square feet of floor area, some of which includes the new open-air, 900-seat Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, replacing the current Adams Theatre. Other significant program spaces include the Rehearsal Hall, Studio Theatre, actor support spaces, administrative offices, and a large costume production area.