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SLC’s performing arts center design revealed

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Posted at 5:19 PM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 19:19:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake City leaders unveiled the design for the new performing arts center on Main Street.

The center, which would seat 2,500 people, is expected to attract touring Broadway productions, big-named comedians and major concerts.

"We are going to be opening up a whole new range of performances for a whole region. Of course that activates our downtown. They'll be enjoying dinning and other aspects of downtown. This whole downtown," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

The center's architect is Cesar Pelli, who is famous for his design of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur. He's considered one of the top architects of his time.

"The architecture is one that has been designed to fit perfectly to Salt Lake City, to contribute Salt Lake City. We have used elements that are very much part of the city," Pelli said.

The architects looked at the designs of old buildings in Salt Lake City to build something that people will treasure for years to come.

"We like to immerse ourselves in the place. So the first thing we do is research the heck out of that place," said Mitch Hirsch, the center's design principal.

The $116 million building is expected to take three years to build and open in spring 2016.