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Smith Performing Arts Center

Opened: 2011
Completed: 2011
Cost: $485 M $250 M (Main Building) $50 M (Education Complex) $75 M (Additional building)
Size (sq. ft.): 180000
Other Size Measure: 4.25 acre (3.55 acre set back)
4 story
Funders: Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Contractors: Whiting-Turner Co. (General Contractor)
Description: Three-Buildings including a large hall, a small hall and an education complex.
The main building will consist of a 2,050-seat performance hall with a four tiered balcony and wood floors.
The education complex will consist of a 300-seat cabaret theater, a smaller theater and rehearsal space.
Also, includes a 200-seat black box theater
The final building will include an outdoor stage where shows can play to 800 people.
Indian Limestone is being used as a main building material.
Extra Note: Bornfeld, Steve. "A Message To The World." Las Vegas Review Journal. 07 December 2008. [Online]. Available: Accessed: June 1, 2009.

Choate, Alan. "Union Park: 61 acres attracting believers: 2008 shaping up as big year for once-disappointing site." Las Vegas Review Journal. 19 November 2007. [Online]. Available: Accessed April 4, 2008.

Illia, Tony. "Smith Center achieves construction milestone: Facility will be first LEED-certified arts complex of its kind in country." Las Vegas Business Press. 8 March 2010. [Online]. Available:

Kristen. "Arts center to mix it up." Las Vegas Sun. 24 October 2007. [Online]. Available: Accessed May 28, 2008.

Roberts, Alana. "Downtown Las Vegas's Urban Renewal: Revitalization of downtown and its arts and entertainment district bolsters its potential." Urban Land. September 2007: 108-113.

"Smith Performing Arts Center" City of Las Vegas: Accessed on 22 August, 2006.

Wise, Tom. "The Smith Center will usher in a new generation of arts and appreciation in Las Vegas." Las Vegas Life. January 2008: 76-81.

Wise, Tom. "Layout of performing arts center changes." Las Vegas Review-Journal. October 2008: 1B, 3B.

Peterson, Kristen. "Layout of performing arts center changes." Las Vegas Sun. October 2008: 1,2.
Spatially Direct Parent: Union Park
Spatially Largest Parent: Union Park