GU Woldson Performing Arts Center

Project Highlight

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201


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Please join us as we hear from the key project design and construction team members who finished the new Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center at Gonzaga University. The $38 Million, 52,000-square foot theater includes a 5,400 square foot, two-level, 759-seat theater and concert hall.

The panel will provide insight on the successes and lessons learned on this project, as well as share how collaboration led to the successful completion of this unique theater. Specifically

Specifically, moderator Rustin Hall, Principal Architect at ALSC Architects, will ask the panelists to share information about:

  • The story behind the need for a new performing arts facility
  • The delivery process
  • Their individual role – special considerations or stories to share about unique elements associated with their service. 
  • Design and construction successes and lessons learned
  • The outcome
  • How the team collaborated to successfully completing this project

Project team representatives will include:

  • Gonzaga University (TBD) – Owner
  • Lydig Construction (Eric Olson) – Contractor 
  • Pfeiffer Partners (Bill Murray) – Architect
  • DCI Engineers (Wade Gelhausen or Justin Cook)  – Structural and Civil Engineering
  • GeoEngineers, Inc. (Teresa Dugger) – Geotechnical Engineer and SI&T Lead
  • MW Engineers (Kjersten Kuhta) – Mechanical Engineering
  • Bernard Wills Architects (Mike Wallace) -- Construction Admin and Landscape Architecture

More about our Panelists and Moderator
  • Gonzaga University – coming soon!
  • Lydig Construction – Eric Olson, Senior Project Manager at Lydig Construction, graduated from Arizona State University with a construction management degree in ‘89 and has been in the construction industry for 33 years. During that time, he has had the opportunity to manage a variety of projects in five states including more than fifteen higher education projects on five different University campuses throughout the northwest, recently completing the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center at Gonzaga University. Eric believes that the key to any successful project is building solid relationships which includes open and honest communication with all the members of the team. He and his wife are active members of Life Center Church and enjoy spending time outdoors with friends, family and grandkids. He also supports several charitable and civic organizations throughout the region and overseas.
  • Pfeiffer Partners – William (Bill) Murray, FAIA, Principal, leads Pfeiffer’s performing arts practice, an extension of his life-long engagement in the arts and culture. He is a founding Principal of Pfeiffer Partners and has spent his career working with acousticians and theater consultants in creating some of the most renowned performance facilities in the United States and Canada. His experience ranges from the design and implementation of major new civic performing arts centers to academic art facilities, community cultural centers and historic theatre renovations. He is an active member of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) and has juried its awards over the past several years.  In 2016, the American Institute of Architects recognized Bill’s contribution to the arts by electing him to the College of Fellows.
  • DCI Engineers  -- coming soon! 
  • GeoEngineers, Inc. -- Teresa Dugger bio coming soon!
  • MW Engineers -- Kjersten Kuhta, partner at MW Consulting Engineers, PS, has worked in mechanical engineering since joining the firm in 1988 as a freshly minted Gonzaga University graduate. Kjersten’s experience in collaborative and integrated project delivery includes all phases of design, project management, and construction administration for civic, government, and educational facilities. Kjersten is a proven leader in the industry and loves the work MW attracts; complex projects that require exceptional engineering skills and teamwork with all participants working in concert to optimize the project results and arrive at an effective solution. Recently, Kjersten was the Principal-in-Charge for the M/E/P engineering design and construction of the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center and has deeply appreciated the opportunity to be of service to Gonzaga University once again and over the last 31 years. She is driven to engineer mechanical systems for peak operation, maintenance, and energy efficiencies, not only in the short- term but more importantly, for the long- run.
  • Bernardo Wills Architects -- Mike Wallace takes a thoughtful and creative approach to design and problem solving; taking the time to understand the issues surrounding the project to find the solution that best addresses the needs of the users. Mike’s qualifications include extensive understanding of construction methods and materials, and in-depth experience with codes and standards. He specializes in large and complex projects that require an intense level of involvement.  Mike is an Associate at Bernardo Wills Architects and received his education at Carnegie Mellon University in Chicago. He is an avid motorcyclist and has taught motorcycle safety courses throughout the northwest for the past 20 years.
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