As Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects proudly celebrates its one-year anniversary in our new building, we reflect on a transformative journey marked by innovation, collaboration,
The Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts building skillfully blends elements that tie the building to the campus context while at the same time successfully expressing the purpose of the buildings interior.
A mock village, a black box theater, a CNN-esque newsroom, a recording studio, a TV Studio, a radio station and even a screening room – all facilities within The Andrew S. Miller Center For Communications Arts which brings students and faculty together to collaborate on cutting edge audio/visual developments. The facility provides students with the chance to work in the same environment and with the same tools professionals use. The black box theater’s varnished concrete floors allow film students to paint and change it for their sets. Large doors allow for cars and other large props to be brought inside the theater. The back lot, designed to look like a 60s-era main street, has a movie marquee, town homes and a fire station. Newsrooms have flat screen TVs that broadcast news and the building’s lighting and airflow are ideal for filming and sound purposes.
Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by displays showcasing Asbury alumni accomplishments in movie posters, as well as film and play memorabilia. The labs and offices were planned to provide areas for student/student casual interaction and faculty/student brainstorming that is crucial to the creative process. The building’s high tech media suite was designed to share with visitors the latest developments in media technology.
Acting students hone their craft in both a black box theater (The Greathouse Theatre) and a back lot built for film and television productions that includes mock storefronts, a fire station and a movie marquee. Both journalism and acting students use the green room and dressing rooms.
The exterior of the building is a skillful blending of elements that tie the building to the campus context while at the same time successfully expressing the purpose of the buildings interior.