Gonzaga University Woldson Performance Arts Center

It’s a gem for the region.”

Laura Sims, Woldson PAC Director in the Spokane Journal

It’s Showtime: Curtains rise for new campus performance arts center

The Woldson Performance Arts Center (PAC) is one of many Gonzaga University buildings that DCI has consulted campus planners with structural and civil engineering services. The structural team designed the steel and concrete framing systems for the multi-level Woldson Performance Arts Center (PAC) which includes a 759-seat concert theatre, a 168-seat recital hall, box office, and founder’s legacy exhibit rooms. DCI Engineers helped the project team achieve the project’s programming which involved constructing a cantilevered building façade symbolically facing the direction of founder Myrtle Woldson’s Spokane residence. The recital hall faces a landscaped plaza and the campus inviting the community into the venue.

The structural engineers collaborated with the project team’s theatre consultant to meet the facility’s functional expectations. They designed the main theatre stage base and detailed the grid iron level support system for the cat walks, stairs, and ladders. DCI’s civil team detailed mass excavation plans for the site to accomplish the building’s various elevations without shoring and informed the general contractor on how to meet height limits.

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Spokane, Washington
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Structural, Civil
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Higher Education, Recreation & Entertainment, Sustainable Design
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Concrete, Steel

Project Highlights

  • The civil and structural teams accomplished a consistent campus look with their insight on mass excavation and planning on campus.
  • The main theatre includes a counterweight system to change large-scale scenery and lighting.
  • Features a 13-foot cantilever off of the building’s perimeter.
  • Roof comprises of two custom steel trusses.


  • 2022 USITT Architecture Awards - Merit
  • 2020 ENR Best Regional Project Awards – Cultural/Spiritual
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