The Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts is sited directly across the lawn from the recently completed Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum, also designed by Machado Silvetti, as part of a collection of buildings around a reconstructed pond that creates a new arts quad at Hamilton College and helps develop connections between the two sides of campus. Porosity is a critical component of the design, with a goal of inducing movement through and around the new building to draw it fully into the campus fabric. The project siting and design also carefully consider pedestrian and vehicular access from existing campus roads and walks.
Theatre and the visual arts at Hamilton are integrated into the broader liberal arts curriculum—both students and faculty from all majors and departments use the new building. The Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts brings classrooms, studios, faculty offices, performance spaces and technical workshops into one 24-hour facility to reinforce this interdisciplinary program.