The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences is not a single-tenant, single-purpose facility. The stakeholders are diverse, including Ballet Lubbock, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the local school district, two universities, and a Broadway promoter. The facility will accommodate large touring musicals as well as intimate dance performances. It will facilitate education, banquets and be acoustically flexible to adapt to any musical genre.
There are two significant design challenges. The first is the extreme climate in West Texas, which ranges from snow and ice, to dust storms, to floods to tornadoes. Secondly, the acoustics of the 2,300-seat room need to work for unamplified classical and band music, but also for amplified pop music or Broadway musicals. Both of these challenges point to finding a relaxed formality – a complex that feels right either in jeans and boots or in suits and gowns.
The project is presently in the early design phase.