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Ray Charles Performing Arts Center Named One of Atlanta’s Top Architectural Buildings

Morehouse College’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building has joined iconic Atlanta landmarks such as the High Museum of Art, The Fox Theater and Peachtree Center as one of the city’s most important buildings.


The American Institute of Architects of Atlanta chose the facility, affectionately known as “RAYPAC,” as one of Atlanta’s Top Architectural Buildings.


The list appears in the June 7-13 issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  A slideshow also is available online at http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2013/06/07/slideshow-top-architectural-buildings.html.


“It recognizes the achievement of the intended outcomes, which were to construct a facility that would inspire our faculty and students, exemplify the excellence for which Morehouse is known, and reflect the aspirations of the surrounding community for the type of development they would like to have,” said Andre Bertrand ’76, vice president for Campus Operations. 


The building is named after music legend Ray Charles, a Georgia native who contributed millions of dollars to Morehouse so the College could find, educate and inspire the next generation of music pioneers.   


Completed in 2010, RAYPAC is a $20-million, 76,000-square foot building that anchors the College’s south end.  It includes the Emma and Joe Adams Concert Hall, rehearsal space for the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Morehouse College Marching Band, 12 faculty studios, three academic labs, nine practice rooms, the David Geffen Keyboard Digital Music Library and the Eugene Mitchell Performance Lawn. 


 “It is indicative of a new era in the design and construction of future facilities at Morehouse,” Bertrand said. 


Go to http://www.morehouse.edu/raypac/index.php to learn more about the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building.