|The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) opened in March 2012 and is a multi-use, premier performance center located in downtown Bowling Green, Kentucky. The state-of-the-art, LEED certified facility offers arts and education opportunities for all of South Central Kentucky. The SKyPAC facility is comprised of an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art Performance Hall that serves as the home of Orchestra Kentucky; a 200-seat flexible Studio Theater for intimate theatrical productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls that will also serve as meeting space for business and community organizations; an Amphitheater for ‘theater under the stars,’ and two indoor art gallery spaces to exhibit the works of regional artists.
The SKyPAC mission is “to provide extraordinary experiences that enrich the lives of everyone in our region” and the facility is a major step in a long-term strategy to improve the quality of life in Bowling Green and Warren County. Bowling Green is the home of Western Kentucky University and a joint city-county planning commission is focused on improving the corridor connecting the university with the city’s downtown. Interest centers on downtown revitalization and building the infrastructure needed to make the area more family-friendly and transition toward downtown Bowling Green being the cultural and economic hub of Warren County, and the nine surrounding counties that make up the Barren River Area Development District.
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Construction Completed: March 2012
Size: 74,063 square feet
Cost: $25 million
Purpose: Cultural Venue and Meeting Space
Jobs Created: 41 full-time, permanent jobs
More Information: http://www.theskypac.com/
Photos by Tom Kessler
|Not only does the SKyPAC facility serve a multitude of community needs, but as the first performing arts center in the Kentucky constructed in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards, it also serves as a model of energy efficient building. Resource and cost saving features include thicker-than-required walls to help maintain desired temperature, large ceiling fans to help circulate air, and a state-of-the-art cooling system that makes ice when energy costs are lowest to chill water that cools the building. SKyPAC’s green design is expected to save thousands each year in energy costs over a conventionally-designed building of similar size. Additionally, construction for the facility was bid when steel and concrete prices were at an all-time low, so while the building was projected to cost $30 million, the lower materials prices resulted in $5 million in savings for a final construction cost of approximately $25 million. The completed building is now valued at an estimated $40 million.|