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Piedmont’s new Arrendale Amphitheater, which has proven to be a hit with music fans, has also won national and international kudos from fans of cutting-edge design.
“Metal Architecture” magazine singled out the amphitheater for its top award for 2010 in the category of metal roofing. The amphitheater was the subject of a four-page article in the latest issue of the magazine, and the judges praised its clean lines and the way “the venue fits perfectly with the surrounding landscape.”
Architects Armentrout Roebuck Matheny Consulting Group of Athens designed the state-of-the-art outdoor entertainment venue with an infrastructure that can accommodate everything from Piedmont student performances to larger-scale commercial productions.
The roof of the amphitheater is actually its centerpiece, and architect James Blythe said it was purposely made to stand out. “We wanted it to have a little bit of presence that would draw you in from off site. One of the nice things is throughout the day the aesthetic changes because of the way the sun hits it,” Blythe said. “The actual design of the canopy was shaped in large part to provide the proper acoustics and sight lines for the sloped seating areas, as well as solar-modeled to optimize the shading during the warmer summer months,” he said.
In addition to the magazine award, the Alcoa company has spotlighted the Arrendale Amphitheater internationally to promote the composite aluminum panels used in its construction. The material was selected to withstand northeast Georgia storms and to be low maintenance.
Named for the Arrendale family, longtime supporters of the college, the amphitheater seats about 350 people and is located adjacent to the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications on Piedmont’s Demorest campus. The building contractor was Scroggs & Grizzel of Gainesville, with metal installers Kistler McDougall Corp of Woodstock and J&J Welding of Gainesville.