RiverCenter for the Performing Arts

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

Pfeiffer completed the master plan, programming and design of RiverCenter for Performing Arts, a joint-use facility with Columbus State University and the community—integrating professional performance spaces with educational performance venues and teaching spaces. Architecturally, the Center echoes the local traditions of brick (as Columbus was once a vibrant center for the production of bricks) while offering a contemporary image that speaks to future generations.
Features of the center include a 2,000-seat multi-purpose hall suitable for touring Broadway shows, a 450-seat recital hall designed solely for music, and a 150-seat experimental theater with moveable seating and staging areas to meet a wide range of University and community performance needs.

Project Data

245,000 sf

Program & Highlights

2,000-seat multipurpose hall
450-seat recital hall
150-seat flexible black box theater

” How pleased we are with our facility. It has exceeded our expectations over and over again.”
− Paul Vander Gheynst, Former Dean, School of Arts, Columbus State University


Executive Architecture: Hecht, Burdeshaw, Johnson, Kidd and Clark
Structural Engineer: Harrington Engineers, Inc.
MEP Engineer: Newcomb & Boyd
Acoustics: Jaffe Holden Scarbrough
Theater Consultants: Theatre Projects, Inc.
Lighting Design: Cline Bettridge Bernstine
Organ Designer: Orgues Le’tourneau Ltd.
Photographer: Jonathan Hillyer