Department of
Dramatic Arts
Mobile Alabama
(251) 460-6305

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Last date changed:
June 18, 2012

Copyright © 2012
University of South Alabama,
Department of Dramatic Arts

John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center

The Laidlaw Performing Arts Building is a 52,000 square foot facility that is home for the Department of Dramatic Art and The Department of Music. The facility features two performing spaces, a 300 seat recital hall for Music and a 179 theatre for Dramatic Arts. The facility includes: a 2800 square foot scenic studio, a 1100 square foot costume studio, 2 dressing rooms with makeup facilities for 20 actor each, a 1100 square foot acting lab/rehearsal hall, a conference room/green room and faculty offices.

John William Laidlaw, know to his family, friends, and business associates as Jack, is characterized as a quit man whose persistence and vision paved the way for progress. During his years in the construction business, Mr. Laidlaw was involved in the development of countless highways, streets, bridges, and numerous water and sewer projects in southwest Alabama.

The $7 million performing arts center is the recipient of a $1 million endowment from the retired contractor and his family and houses the Department of Drama and Music. The 52,136 square foot facility will be perpetuated and augmented for years to come through the permanent endowment fund -- the John Laidlaw Performing Arts Fund. Now, University of South Alabama students enjoy the latest in computer technology, contemporary lighting and sound equipment, and acoustical controlled rehearsal halls all housed under on roof. -- the John W. Laidlaw Performing arts Center.

Holmes and Holmes
257 North Conception Street, Mobile, AL

Theatre Consultant:
Technical Systems, LLC (Formerly Crawford – Friend)
P.O. Box 126287, Fort Worth, TX 76126

Acoustics and Communications Consultant:
Boner Associates, INC.
200 East 30th Street, Austin, TX

Structural Engineers and Civil Engineers:
Clark, Greer and Latham
Mobile, AL

Mechanical Engineer:
E. E. Heblon
Mobile, AL

Electrical Engineer:
J. E. Springer
Mobile, AL

Other Interesting Facts:
Lobby Ceiling height -- 31'6"
Building Cost -- $7,091,309"
Building Cost per Square foot -- $136.02
Blocks -- 50,000 , Bricks -- 120,000
The marble logo was created by a computer controlled high-pressure water cutting system
The wood trim is mahogany, crafted at the University Cabinet Shop