The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts was the finalist in a national design competition sponsored by Clemson University in 1989, in which over 700 design submittals were received. The building program called for a 1,000 seat auditorium, 200 seat flexible theater, indoor practice space for the 250-member Tiger Band, sound isolated practice rooms, dance rehearsal space, 100-seat practice and performance space, and assorted teaching and administrative spaces. The building took advantage of the gently sloping site by creating an interior landscaped courtyard with views to the western side of campus. The “hinged” design provides for clustered assembly spaces at one end of the building, isolated from acoustically active program spaces. The theater features a 65′ high fly and excellent acoustics.