Along with drama, dance, band and choir, the Don P. Pence Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Central Arizona College, is also where technical elements of performance are taught such as sound, visuals and lighting. The Pence Center had adequate seating for more than 700 but having been built in 1975, the structure needed an update.
Henderson Engineers provided building systems design for the renovation of the main theater space and met stringent acoustical requirements. We implemented a state-of-the-art technical infrastructure to make it possible for the venue to host visiting shows. In addition, our team designed the Pence Center’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

To make the theater more inviting to guests, we created a new box office, concession stand and customer service counter in the lobby. Henderson incorporated new restrooms and parking enhancements, and designed easier theater access for guests with disabilities.

The Entertainment Industry Technologies program is supported here with three levels of recording studios and teaching spaces.


Coolidge, AZ

Project Size

Approx. 35,255 SF


Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing


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