Auditorium gains porte-cochere
The SFCC Auditorium will reopen March 1 with with a striking new porte-cochere in addition to a redesigned interior.
The porte-cochere will provide covering to a 32-foot-wide lane – enough space to accommodate up to three vehicles while they stop temporarily to drop off or pick up passengers. It will be a stand-alone structure and not part of the theater’s facade.
Doug Andrews, dean, Cultural Programs, said the porte-cochere had always been on the auditorium renovation’s wish list, depending on whether the college received the Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds to cover the cost. According to Glenn Little, vice president, Administrative Services, the legislature approved SFCC’s funding appropriation in May and the funding was designated to the porte-cochere construction in July.
“I was always our intention to provide some type of covering for our patrons,” Andrews said. “We do now to some degree, but this will be a more beautiful version with more dramatic arches and increased space.”
STH Architectural Group is finalizing a design that is based on an artist’s rendering its staff presented over the summer.