UVU Performing Arts

Project Description

A show piece for Utah Valley University’s campus in Orem, the 130,000-square-foot Noorda Center for the Performing Arts was completed with the help of Wasatch Electric’s electrical construction expertise. 

The building is dedicated to teaching, rehearsing, recording, and performing the arts, with spaces specifically designed for dance, choral, theatrical, and orchestral performances.

The 900-seat concert hall serves as the home for the Utah Symphony, and the 500-seat proscenium theater includes an orchestra pit for live musical performances and opera. Other amenities include a dance theater, a choral recital hall, 27 sound-proof practice spaces, 27 sound-proof teaching studios, production and recording spaces, piano and computer labs, offices, and several conference rooms.

Scope of Work

Wasatch Electric’s scope of work for this project included all aspects of electrical and fire alarm, as well as security, telecommunication, data, power and controls for theatrical rigging equipment, lightning protection, and theatrical lighting and dimming. The project was fully BIM coordinated by our in-house department. 

Features of the facility’s electrical system include:

  • 2,000-kVA transformer feeding 3,000-amp, 480/277-volt switchboard
  • 1,000-kVA transformer feeding 3,600-amp, 208/120-volt switchboard
  • 300-kW backup generator 
  • 11 distribution panels
  • 64 panelboards
  • 13 theatrical shore power “company switches”
  • Eight transformers
  • Two automatic transfer switch (ATS) units 
  • DMX lighting control panels
  • Hundreds of thousands of feet of cabling for power, lighting, theatrical rigging equipment, and theatrical lighting systems

Our team also performed all site electrical installations including 61 bollard lights, cast-in-place step lighting, lighted hand rails, and new poles for parking lot lighting.

Unique Attributes

Large catwalks in the dance theater, concert hall, and proscenium theater each have hundreds of lighting circuits that are dimmed and controlled through DMX control boards in booths located in each performance space. Additionally, complex, aesthetically intricate LED façade lighting fixtures wrap around upper coves of the building’s exterior spaces.

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