In 2002, Hastings+Chivetta was commissioned by University of Tulsa to update the existing Master Plan along with a campus-wide Space Utilization Study.
Through study findings and the updated plan, H+C identified several projects as being critical facilities to the University of Tulsa campus. With approval from TU administration, H+C started the planning process to site and design the desired new facilities, including one for the Lorton Performing Arts Center.The building is sited at the edge of campus for easy public access.
The 700-seat theatre includes a balcony and a stage of over 2,100 SF with a trap and large wings. Other theatre facilities include an orchestra pit, a control booth, catwalks, a green room, dressing rooms, a scene shop, a costume shop with laundry, offices and storage for costumes, props, sets, lighting equipment and a piano. The lobby features a box office and art gallery.
Various-sized rehearsal spaces for instrumental and vocal music include special rooms for piano, percussion and jazz band. Other spaces contain a music library, a choral recording room and a music technology computer lab. A film studio has production, scoring and editing capabilities. All departments include reception, offices, classrooms and storage. A student lounge and offices for student drama and music chapters are also included.