University of Wisconsin Parkside – Rita Tallent Picken Center

Remodel of three buildings comprised of 91,000 SF including a 72,000-SF addition for new Communication Arts Building. Spaces included a new multi-purpose instrumental rehearsal/performance space (The Frances Bedford Concert Hall), black box theatre, music and theatre rehearsal/acting classrooms, art lab, music practice rooms and faculty teaching studios.

The large volume above the ceilings and catwalks in the Concert Hall help to enhance the strong natural acoustic environments for both large and small music groups. The adjustable acoustic curtains combined with the quiet mechanical systems allow the space to be altered to accommodate varied performance types, amplifying the connection between performer and audience.

University of Wisconsin – Parkside

Kenosha, WI

Project Type
Renovation and New Construction

Square Footage



Seat Count
340 Concert Hall; 150 Black Box Theatre

HGA Architects

Theatre Consultant
Schuler & Shook


Regional performing arts center with state-of-the-art instructional facilities and stunning performance venues.   UWParkside_2   UWParkside_3

“The hall is acoustically perfect! That allows a player not only to hear himself but all the other instruments in the ensemble, making for the best integrated sound possible. An acoustically perfect hall lets the sound ‘bloom’ into space and momentarily create the illusion of another dimension.”


– Emerita Professor of Music Frances Bedford