Fairfield Community Arts Center
Year in Showcase: 2006
Five years ago, the area in Fairfield now known as the Village Green was merely a cornfield. Today it is a thriving development with its newest addition, the Fairfield Community Arts Center. The project evolved after the city purchased the land in 2002 and the public enthusiastically expressed the desire for a community center to be built with an emphasis on the arts. The completion of the Community Arts Center fulfills the vision of the area as the city’s artistic, community and commercial hub — one that faces the meandering paths and water features within the downtown Village Green Park.
The center houses a 250-seat theater, complete with the nation’s first installation of sine-wave dimmers, flexible seating and stage configurations, and superb acoustics. The arts and crafts studio features eight pottery wheels and a firing kiln. Mirrored walls, a resilient floor and a ballet barre highlight the dance and fitness room. A multipurpose community/ banquet room boasts a terrace overlooking the Village Green Park, and a senior citizens’ lounge, a children’s activity room, a classroom and an art gallery round out the center’s amenities.
Architect of Record: John Poe Architects
Design Architect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Theater Design Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates;
New York, N.Y.
Construction Cost: $8.5 million
Square Feet: 43,600
Occupancy: May 2005